Distinguished by huge size and vivid yellow/red/black coloration, with hind wings red bordered black. Flightless. Dark red to black nymph (juvenile) with contrasting yellow to red stripes, also distinctive.
Open pinewoods, fields, roadsides,weedy vegetation and weedy fields, lawns, croplands, moist areas. Sometimes these grasshoppers live in sewers, since grass and other food sources accumulate there.
native to the southeastern and south central portion of the United States. It is the most distinctive grasshopper species within the southeastern United States. Romalea guttata occurs west of North Carolina to Tennessee, in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas, and throughout Florida (all year), though not as common in winter.