What’s next? A plague of locusts?

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the twisters, earthquakes and hurricanes over the past week, one might be tempted to ask, “what’s next, locusts?”

Well, the closest thing we could find is a small influx of crickets in Hot Springs, SD, comfortably far away from the Cape Fear Coast.

The Hot Springs Star reports a considerable number of crickets have descended – literally overnight – in areas of Hot Springs.

Jon Kieckhefer, the Agronomy Educator for the SD Cooperative Extension Service in Brookings County, said that the phenomenon is nothing new. The large influx of crickets is easily explained, Kieckhefer says.

They’re just… lonely.

“It’s happened before,” Kieckhefer said Tuesday. “We had it happen big time last year East River. Just before you called, I was on the phone with the mayor in Pierre.”

“They are ground crickets, and they are adult, believe it or not,” he said of the half-inch long insects. “They differ from the field cricket we are accustomed to. They are looking to mate and complete their life cycle.”

Read more: http://rapidcityjournal.com/hotspringsstar/crickets-appear-in-hot-springs/article_a177c830-cdca-11e0-b9de-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1VxUq3EaF

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