The huge Horse Lubber Grasshopper flashes bright pink wings when under threat.
Lubber grasshoppers boast a much larger size than other grasshoppers and crickets. This particular species is known to have social youth that eventually become more solitary as they mature into adulthood.
Young Horse Lubbers have a bright fuchsia pink hindwings that serve as a warning to their small avian predators. The contrast in color from its black body is hard to miss. The Horse Lubber Grasshopper also secretes a noxious, frothy substance from the thorax (chest region). This is also meant to deter would-be predators from pursuing it as food. The grasshopper will also drop to the ground and 'hiss' when disturbed; males even snap their forewings.
They can be found in open areas and are partial to the amaryllis plant, though they do little damage to it. They can be found in fields, parks and on the roadside as well as parts of them on the tires that run them over when they try to cross highways.
Scientific Name: Taeniopoda eques
Other Name(s): Horse Lubber
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 38mm to 64mm (1.48in to 2.50in)
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