Mar 8, 2016

UW Extension Entomologist Says Warmer Climate Could Boost Grasshopper Numbers

Argentina
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University of Wyoming News
UW Extension Entomologist Alex Latchininsky, left, is an international consultant for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and advises agencies in the United States on grasshopper control and monitoring. Photo: UW
UW Extension Entomologist Alex Latchininsky, left, is an international consultant for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and advises agencies in the United States on grasshopper control and monitoring. Photo: UW

University of Wyoming Extension Entomologist Alex Latchininsky says a wetter, warmer climate may contribute to future locust outbreaks like that harassing Argentinians, and also could boost future grasshopper infestations in Wyoming and the West.

More abundant rains in its breeding areas could trigger an outbreak due to likely producing three generations instead of one, and higher temperatures may allow the locust to expand its range to the south, Latchininsky says