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Las Vegas grasshopper invasion showing up on weather radars

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Millions of grasshoppers have descended on the famous Las Vegas Strip, and the invasion is now visible on weather radars. Photo: Getty
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The usual bugbear for Las Vegas high-rollers concerns their luck at the city’s high-stakes casinos, but in the past week, their focus has turned to a scourge that’s created quite a buzz.

Or should we say, chirp.

Hordes of grasshoppers, spurred on by an exceptionally wet spring, have swarmed the Nevada capital with the number of insect invaders so extreme, they have now formed “clouds” on Las Vegas weather radars.

The United States’ National Weather Service says unusual ‘echoes’ can sometimes be caused by a mass of biological targets, and are usually in the form of birds, bats and bugs.

Nevada state entomologist Jeff Knight says the event is not unprecedented, and indicated the mass migration of pallid-winged grasshoppers to Las Vegas can be traced back to unseasonably wet weather during the American spring.

The state has experienced twice its usual rainfall in the year to date.

Unsurprisingly, social media has been abuzz as millions of critters descended on the famed Las Vegas Strip, prompting tourists to share video of the surreal scenes.

But unfortunately for those tourists hoping for a little peace and quiet, ultraviolet sources of light – a key feature of many of the city’s notable buildings, including the pyramid-like Luxor hotel and casino – are like a magnet for the bugs.

Mr Knight, speaking to the New York Timessays any attempts by casinos or home owners to get rid of the grasshoppers would be futile.

“You can get rid of them, but in 24 or 48 hours they’re just going to be back,” he said.

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