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Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Romalea microptera

Description:

Adult lubber grasshoppers are colorful: bright orange, yellow and red and can grow up to 4" in length. They don't fly but crawl around dense vegetation. They are toxic to animals and therefore avoided by predators. In the nymph stage they look very different than as adults. At the young nymph age they are mostly black with a yellow stripe, and red on the head and legs.

Habitat:

The grasshopper eats broadleaf plants and will feast in gardens.

Notes:

Spotted while looking for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker (side note: was successful) at St. Marks NWR, FL. Spotted in trails behind Plum Orchard pond.

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robert emond
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robert emond

Florida, USA

Spotted on May 19, 2018
Submitted on May 20, 2018

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