Mormon Crickets

The Mormon cricket (Anabrus simplex) isn’t a cricket at all. It’s a Katydid. The “crickets” are flightless with long antennae and live in sagebrush. In color, they can be black, brown, red, purple or even green.

Swarm of Mormon Crickets

Swarm of Mormon Crickets

These flightless insects do swarm (on the ground) and feed on alfalfa, vegetables, grasses, shrubs and sagebrush. Predators of Mormon crickets are California seagulls, crows and coyotes.

You may have heard the story “The miracle of the Gulls,” about the first Mormon settlement in Utah that became infested with these katydids but then California seagulls came along and ate them – ergo, the name “Mormon cricket.”

Mormon Crickets as Pests?

Mormon crickets are found in the western portion of North America, California. They are not considered household pests because they are migratory.

Maybe once or twice in a decade Mormon crickets become agricultural pests because of their swarming behavior. Since they don’t fly, Mormon crickets move along the ground in large numbers, devouring plants such as alfalfa.

Swarming increases when hungry crickets from the back of the line become cannibalistic, attacking and feeding on the crickets in front.
Another way Mormon crickets can be pests is when they cross a road while swarming. Not only does the driver become distracted but the road turns slick from crushed crickets.

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