Appalachia hebardi   (Rehn & Rehn)


 
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Appalachian Grasshopper
(Appalachia hebardi)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

USA: Pennsylvania; Augusta County, Bath County, Page County, Shenandoah County / Virginia; West Virginia

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: before 1970

 
The European Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar (L.)) was unintentionally introduced in the 19. century to the USA, where it became a serious agricultural pest, as its larvae feed on the leaves of several cultivated fruit trees. Insecticid spraying to control this moth, for example with DDT, led to the disappearance of countless native insect populations (or whole species in some cases) in the sprayed areas.

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The Appalachian Grasshopper, which was distributed within some of the sprayed areas, is probably one of several victims.

The species was last seen in the 1960s, and is now considered probably extinct.

 
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