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  • Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper - (Romalea microptera)

    Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper - (Romalea microptera)

    Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers are a destructive nuisance to gardens and farms, but they are certainly eye-catching thanks to their big size.

    Staff Writer (6/25/2015): 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.

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    Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper
    Scientific Name: Romalea microptera
    Other Names: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, Georgia Thumper

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Romaleidae
           Genus: Romalea
            Species: microptera

    Size (Adult, Length): 50mm to 70mm (1.97in to 2.76in)

    Identifying Colors: black; red; orange; brown; yellow; black

    Additional Descriptors: giant

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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