Image: Why grasshoppers are plaguing Alberta's farms

Why grasshoppers are plaguing Alberta's farms

Western farmers, particularly those in Alberta, have had a rough summer.

Hot, dry conditions are hurting crops, wildfires are forcing people from their homes and now grasshopper populations are reaching .

Most types of grasshoppers aren't considered "pests", but a handful of them are - and the insects can cause a great deal of damage.

In the infographic above, McMaster biologist Rosa da Silva explains why flourish in droughts, and why that's bad news for farmers.


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