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.