The huge Horse Lubber Grasshopper grabs attention for its size, then delights with its bright pink wings.
Lubber grasshoppers boast a much larger size than other grasshoppers and crickets. This particular species is not the conventional brown color. Instead, it is a satiny black color with yellow bands and markings on its body. This species is known to be very social in its youth, but it eventually becomes more solitary as it matures into adulthood.
Horse Lubber Grasshoppers have a collection of visual, olfactory, and audible deterrents for would-be predators. Young Horse Lubbers have a bright fuchsia pink wings that serve as a warning to 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 trying to eat it. The grasshopper also drops to the ground and 'hisses' when it is disturbed; males even snap their forewings.
They can be found in fields, parks, on the roadside, and unfortunately on tires that run them over when they try to cross highways. They can be found in open developed areas, and they are partial to the amaryllis plant, though they do little damage to it.
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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