plague http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/362/all en A Plague of Grasshoppers on Figueroa? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/plague-grasshoppers-figueroa <p>Recently, our garden staff has been finding&nbsp;LOADS of grasshoppers, but what are they all doing here? Are grasshoppers good for&nbsp;our gardens, or are they destructive like the plague of locusts (a swarming variety of&nbsp;grasshoppers in the family Acrididae)&nbsp;that appear in the&nbsp;Bible?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/plague-grasshoppers-figueroa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/plague-grasshoppers-figueroa#comments Brian Brown Calle de Las Chapules David Ferguson Eric Eaton Figueroa Street grasshopper Grasshopper street Jonathan Gillet locust Margaret Hardin Melanoplus devastator Melanoplus yarrowii plague Blog Sat, 01 Dec 2012 07:42:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 710 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Black Rats, Brown Rats, and the Plague http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague <p>I&#39;ve been spending a lot of time thinking about rats. Thankfully, it is not because I have a problem in my apartment! Unfortunately, for many people in L.A., rats are a serious pest, and it&#39;s not just one type of rat. The most serious rodent offenders in our cities are the brown (aka Norway) rat, <em>Rattus norvegicus</em>, and the black rat, <em>Rattus rattus</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague#comments black rats brown rats California ground squirrel Jim Dines mammals pests plague Rats Rattus norvegicus Rattus rattus Blog Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:35:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 694 at http://www.nhm.org/nature