Eastern Lubber Grasshopper



Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

The colorful adult Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is one of the most distinctive grasshopper species found in Southwest Florida. They are quite clumsy and slow in movement and mostly travel by walking and crawling since they aren’t great at leaping. However, they are good climbers and can be found crawling up trees to feed on tender young foliage at the tips of branches. The "lubber" term is derived from an old English word "lobre" which means lazy or clumsy. The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper defense strategies are its brightly colored warning pattern that's a warning to predators that it's poisonous. It also emits a foul-smelling and foul-tasting foamy secretion when it's disturbed or picked up by people. The secretion is dark-colored and opaque. It also lets off a loud hissing sound that can scare animals and startle humans. I won't be testing this behavior myself.



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