Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea microptera)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper.
Updated: 6/25/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers are a destructive nuisance to gardens and farms, but they are certainly eye-catching thanks to their big size.
As a member of the Lubber Grasshopper family, this specimen is quite large compared to more common grasshoppers and crickets. Immature nymphs are black with pink and yellow spots and bands, but they become a brownish-tan as they mature.
When threatened, they may flap their brightly colored pink-orange hindwings in alarm. In addition to that, they can secrete a noxious odor, and may even hiss as they try to hop away.
They cannot fly and feed on low-growing, or ground-level vegetation. Their larvae are found in clusters and can devastate a plant by eating through it entirely. Warmer states may have more than one generation per year.