See also: Locusts; Insects, Why Not?
Gram for gram, grasshopper can me more nutritious than an equal quantity of beef or pork.
A grasshopper plague in 1875 caused about $15 million in damages in Missouri.
In adition to being destructive, grasshoppers and locusts are also edible, and are eaten as food in several areas of the world. They may be ground into meal, dried, roasted, boiled, dipped in honey, jellied, or chocolate covered, as the ones I gave out as a prize in one of the Food Reference culinary quizes in 2001. Yum, yum!!
The First United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, Kansas, was built in 1874 during the time of the grasshopper plagues. The grasshoppers came during the construction of the churches foundation but the pastor continued with the work. As a result, thousands of grasshoppers are mixed into the mortar of the original building's foundation.
There is a monument to sea gulls in Salt Lake City. Sea gulls devoured a plague of grasshoppers that had threatened to destroy Morman settlers crops in 1848.
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