Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

A plague of locusts


November 11, 2021

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Plate from "The North American Sylva", 1819, illustrating black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).

Folks have the unkindest things to say about locusts. Whether it's the insect scourge or the trees known as "honey" or "black" locust, there is abundant opprobrium for all these fine organisms.

Locust insects, like deer, can be fattened on your food, especially grain, before you eat them. Their appetite for agricultural products is at the root of their unpopularity. Fried, smoked or dried, they have been a staple since at least John the Baptist dipped them in wild honey.

Speaking of honey, the honey locust has pods that are delicious to sloths. It also bristles with thorns long enough to ki...

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