Ever heard of Florida’s Giant Orange Grasshopper? It is also called the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper. It has beautiful bright red, orange, and yellow colors, which is easy to spot. You need a warning because this grasshopper contains toxins and can make a potential predator sick.
They are aposematic grasshoppers, which means their colorful markings serve to warn and repel predators because they are quite poisonous. They won’t harm or kill a human, but they can kill or make a small bird or mammal sick.
The Giant Orange Grasshopper is the largest grasshopper at up to 4 inches, which can make them a little slower due to their size. The four-inch-long grasshopper cannot fly. Instead, it moves in short, clumsy hops. It can also walk or crawl. If you pick one up, the grasshopper makes a loud hissing noise and secretes an irritating foul-smelling foamy spray.
The Eastern lubber grasshopper or Romalea guttata eats broadleaf plants and will feast in your garden as well. They can become a nuisance when swarms invade residential areas. Lubbers are not a danger to humans or pets, but they are voracious eaters. They climb into flower beds, munch away at herb gardens, and hop from bush to bush by the side of the road, eating every species of plant they can get their jaws on. These grasshoppers aren’t picky when it comes to food, but they do have a preference for crinum lilies and other toxic flowering plants.
The lubbers are not a serious threat to agriculture because growers usually get rid of them early on, but they can do quite a bit of damage to landscaping.
The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is in North America, and they are native to the Southeastern United States. They reside throughout Florida and from Tennessee to North Carolina, in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Arizona, and Texas. These colorful insects reside in pinewoods, weedy vegetation, and weedy fields.
Females, which need space to carry more than 100 eggs each, can grow to about four inches long and fill a child’s hand. It’s also common to see them mating.
As a nymph, they are mostly black with a narrow median yellow stripe, and red on the head and front legs.
As an adult grasshopper, they can look different depending on where they live. This insect is mostly black with yellow markings in northern Florida. In southern Florida, they are primarily yellow with black and red markings and red on the forewings.
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