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eastern Lubber grasshopper This giant, slow moving grasshopper’s bright orange, yellow and red colors are a warning that it contains toxins and will make any potential predator sick.   If for any reason, you fail to heed the color warning and pick it up, the grasshopper makes a loud hissing noise and secretes an irritating foul-smelling foamy spray. These 4-inch grasshoppers are too large and toxic for most natural predators, so they don’t need to move fast.  Lubbers cannot fly far, and travel in short clumsy hops, or walk and crawl slowly through the vegetation.  They feed on broadleaf plants and can become a nuisance when swarms invade residential areas and feast on garden plants.Sorry about the phooto this one got away before i could get any good shots will be heading back out for a 2 week trip soon. CloseUp,Daylight,Detail,Field,Florida,Geotagged,Grasshopper,Lubber,Romalea guttata,Single,Spring,United States,eastern Lubber grasshopper,giant,nature,photo by T.G Click/tap to enlarge

eastern Lubber grasshopper

This giant, slow moving grasshopper’s bright orange, yellow and red colors are a warning that it contains toxins and will make any potential predator sick. If for any reason, you fail to heed the color warning and pick it up, the grasshopper makes a loud hissing noise and secretes an irritating foul-smelling foamy spray. These 4-inch grasshoppers are too large and toxic for most natural predators, so they don’t need to move fast. Lubbers cannot fly far, and travel in short clumsy hops, or walk and crawl slowly through the vegetation. They feed on broadleaf plants and can become a nuisance when swarms invade residential areas and feast on garden plants.Sorry about the phooto this one got away before i could get any good shots will be heading back out for a 2 week trip soon.

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  1. Awesome how vibrant the colors are, thank you for a very educational post. Posted 3 years ago
    1. LOL there is a little story to this guy to. I was sitting photographing a crane when he jumped on me in short that was a moment to record because face to lens oblivious to everything then bam about had a heart attack :P Posted 3 years ago
      1. I know that feeling a lot from doing macro photography where you zoom in to a small insect and then seconds later find out there's also a huge spider one inch from your face :) Posted 3 years ago

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''Romalea microptera'', known commonly as the eastern lubber grasshopper or just lubber grasshopper, is a grasshopper native to the southeastern and south central portion of the United States. It is the most distinctive grasshopper species within the southeastern United States, and is well known both for its size and its unique coloration. It can reach nearly 3 inches in size.

It was previously known as ''Romalea microptera'' before being moved to guttata . However after new research,.. more

Similar species: Grasshoppers And Crickets
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Uploaded Jul 9, 2016. Captured Jun 18, 2016 09:35 in Unnamed Road, Florida, USA.
  • NIKON D3200
  • f/14.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO200
  • 135mm