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Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea microptera)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper

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

Updated: 01/05/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
As a member of the Lubber Grasshopper family, this type of grasshopper is truly 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, Southeastern Lubbers 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.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Romalea microptera
Other Name(s): Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, Georgia Thumper
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 50mm to 70mm (1.96" to 2.75")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; red; orange; brown; yellow; black
Descriptors: giant

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 50mm (2.0in) and 70mm (2.8in)
Lo: 50mm
Md: 60mm
Hi: 70mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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