This machine was called a grasshopper catcher. Some Iowa settlers used this machine to try to catch grasshoppers that ate their crops.
Nearly every year between 1868 and 1880, plagues of grasshoppers and locusts swarmed through Iowa, especially northwest Iowa.
As the grasshopper catcher was pushed through the field, the farmer hoped the grasshoppers would fly into the mesh at the back of the canvas opening and be captured.
This machine was just one of many ways the settlers controlled the destructive insects.
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