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Western crops being ravaged by "truly biblical" swarm of cannibalistic insects

•, by: Ethan Huff

Described as a "'truly biblical' swarm of cannibalistic insects" by Accuweather, the plague involves massive numbers of Mormon crickets that appear every eight years or so and absolutely devastate everything in their path.

Millions of dollars have been spent over the years trying to mitigate them and prevent these explosive bursts of destruction that they cause, but to no avail.

From Montana to Nevada and every state in between, these nasty critters are eating whatever they can find during an already difficult year marked by food shortages, inflation and other economic and social turmoil.

"Native to North America, Mormon crickets got their name in the 1800s when these giant insects ruined the fields of Mormon settlers," reported Accuweather.

"These insects are not true crickets; they are actually shield-backed, short-winged katydids that resemble fat grasshoppers that cannot fly, according to the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources."

Mormon crickets devoured 10 million acres of rangeland in Oregon last year

Each cycle during which Mormon crickets appear in large numbers seems to bring with it ever-worsening devastation. The media blames "climate change," of course, but perhaps this is more of a biblical situation.

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