Grasshopper Species

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Grasshopper Species

Thanks for your interest in the mushrooms we found on Coal Creek Farm. It’s been a dry spring, so the mushrooms are “resting” but the bugs are alive and buzzing. We’ve had researchers on property cataloging the bugs. It’s fascinating to watch them work. I wrote a story about it for the American Entomological Society Journal.

And, they found a new species of grasshopper, Menapolus Lendemannii, which is a fine name, though I kind of liked the idea of Grasshopper George…

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