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Every Picture Tells A Story!

So today I found a picture of a grasshopper on my new favorite picture site called pixabay. I really don't like grasshoppers at all, and if one jumped on me outside I most likely would scream. My first thought at seeing this picture is the horror that Laura Ingal's family went through in the book On The Shores Of Plum Creek. This family always had bad luck of one kind or another, but this episode of their lives was something I would never wish to go through. One summer when it was close to harvest time--the family sees a strange cloud approaching, but when it gets closer it's raining grasshoppers. Except it's not a rain cloud, but a swarm of the insects. They can't even milk a cow without grasshoppers getting into the milk when they bring it into the house. The only creatures happy to see them are the chickens who can't believe how lucky they are to eat without any effort. The Grasshoppers eventually leave, but Pa can't plow and plant the next year since they laid eggs all over the ground, and soon enough the eggs hatch and they are devested again, when there are millions of these flying insects. I don't know if I could stand going through something like this, but they were pros at the hard stuff. If you haven't read all the Little House books, then I would highly recommend them.

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Polishaddict wrote on June 13, 2014, 5:56 PM

That's one pretty grasshopper.
I love the little critters though. I use to catch them as a kid and keep them as 'pets'

Gina145 wrote on June 13, 2014, 6:13 PM

I love to take photos of grasshoppers but would hate to have one jump on me. I've never really thought about the damage those guys can do in big numbers.

AngelSharum wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:40 PM

I would love to see a grasshopper like this to take a photo of.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 9:09 PM

I loved Little House in the Big Woods, but I stalled halfway through Farmer Boy. I really need to pick the books up again. I see there's some really interesting stuff ahead!

margielynn wrote on July 14, 2014, 11:30 AM

We have been having a crop of grasshopper here in Texas, last year they ate on everything in my yard!