It started with a few small holes. The next day, entire leaves were shredded .
Something was munching down on my corn plants!
At first, I thought it might be caterpillars. I carefully lifted each corn leaf strand to see if any insects were lurking underneath.
What in the world? I couldn’t find any insects of any kind on my corn.
How do you fight an enemy you can’t see or identify? At that point, I had no idea what to do.
Luckily, by chance a few hours later, I noticed a huge grasshopper munching on my fiddle leaf fig tree on the front porch.
Florida is home to the huge Lubber grasshopper which regularly grows to 4 inches long. They hiss and secrete a smelly spray when you try to pick them up.
With no natural predators, these grasshoppers munch pretty much anything they like and broad leaf plants are their favorites.
Mmm, I wondered if this critter had been munching my corn?
The best way to get rid of Lubbar grasshoppers is to either drown them in soapy water or stomp on them. Pesticides don’t really work although I wouldn’t go that route anyway.
I could only find two Lubbars hanging around my front yard, so they both got stomped including the one in the picture above.
Since then, my corn plants have put out some new leaves and so far they remain free of any munch marks.
Since Lubbar grasshoppers are seasonal critters and not particularly plentiful this summer, hopefully I’ve seen the last one for awhile. I still can’t figure out why they don’t try munching my banana trees though. They have very broad and inviting leaves.
Having some interesting experiences in your garden? Be sure to let all of us know about it and post photos on the Seeds of Change Facebook wall for addition to the Virtual Garden photo album after liking their FB page! I’ll be posting the picture of this jumbo Lubbar grasshopper today (yes, I did pick it up for the picture).
The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.