Mormon cricketMormon cricket
A large flightless migratory katydid (Anabrus simplex) of western North America that is often destructive to crops and forage plants.
Origin of Mormon cricketProbably so called because the Mormon Church is prominent in the insect's range, and perhaps in direct reference to a swarm that threatened crops when Mormons first settled around the Great Salt Lake.
(plural Mormon crickets)
- A large dark wingless katydid, Anabrus simplex, that resembles a cricket and is found in the arid parts of the western U.S. where it is occasionally an abundant pest of crops.