Endless Sea of 'Mormon Crickets' Takes Over Idaho Highway

Maintenance crews from the Idaho Transportation Department cleared a seemingly endless trail of “Mormon crickets” off a highway in southwest Idaho on July 11, according to a post on the department’s Twitter page.

According to local reports, the crickets, which are actually shieldbacked katydids, make an annual appearance across several western states. The bugs not only create slick spots on highways but also can devour crops in the area, KBOI said.

This footage shows a tractor clearing insects off the highway. “Mormon crickets are taking over the road this season!” a caption accompanying the footage read. Credit: Idaho Transportation Department via Storyful

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