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Romalea microptera and Romalea guttata are older synonyms Common name Lubber means "a clumsy or lazy person" (from Middle English lobre meaning lazy, or lout, related to lob). The use for this grasshopper likely refers to their slow movements--with ample chemical defenses, this grasshopper does not need to move quickly. 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. Taeniopoda eques is most similar, but found further west. No other species is likely to be confused.
Open pine woods, fields, roadsides, lawns, croplands, esp. moist areas. Season All year in Florida, though not as common in winter.