What Is 'Natural'?
A lesson in the ongoing struggle between man and nature, courtesy of Hawaii's gray bird grasshopper.
THE SOURCE: “Confessions of an Entomological Hit Man” by Jeffrey A. Lockwood and Alexandre V. Latchininsky, in Conservation Magazine, July–Sept. 2008.
When master exterminators Jeffrey A. Lockwood and Alexandre V. Latchininsky were summoned to the remote Hawaiian island of Nihoa in 2006 to wipe out the invading gray bird grasshopper, they expected a straight pest management job. Two years earlier the insect had nearly denuded Nihoa, which lacks both fresh water and topsoil. The grasshopper, an interloper from Venezuela, had...