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Romalea guttata

Romalea guttata, Photo: Ryan Wood

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Subclassis: Pterygota
Divisio: Neoptera
Subdivisio: Polyneoptera
Ordo: Orthoptera
Subordo: Caelifera
Infraordo: Acrididea
Superfamilia: Acridoidea
Familia: Romaleidae
Subfamilia: Romaleinae
Tribus: Romaleini
Genus: Romalea
Species: Romalea guttata

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Romalea guttata, 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. Populations exist in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. It is the most distinctive grasshopper species within the southeastern United States, and is well known both for its size and its unique coloration.[1] It can reach nearly 3 inches (8 cm) in size.

It was previously known as Romalea microptera (Beauvois).[2] Colloquially known as Graveyard Grasshoppers.

The insect emits a foul-smelling secretion when it is disturbed which is dark colored and opaque.

References

1. ^ C. W. Scherer (February 2008). "Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, Romalea microptera (Beauvois) (= guttata (Houttuyn)) (Insecta: Orthoptera: Acrididae)" (html). University of Florida. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/lubber.htm.
2. ^ D.K.M. Kevan (1980): Romalea guttata (Houttyun), name change for well-known "eastern lubber grasshopper" (Orthoptera: Romaleidae). Entomol News 91, 139-140.

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