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August 09, 2008|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

Jeannie Clancy reports swarms of "biting black flies chased us off the beach" in Ocean City on July 31. Next afternoon, "millions of grasshoppers appeared in the ocean and on the beach." What's going on? she asks. UM entomologist Mike Raupp accuses bloodsucking stable flies. They breed in horse dung and rotting vegetation, both plentiful on the Delmarva coast. He says migrating "differential" grasshoppers can reach "astonishing numbers" in roadsides and meadows. Maybe they were blown to sea and washed ashore. I say: Eight plagues to go.

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