Romalea guttata, Photo: Ryan Wood
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. It can reach nearly 3 inches (8 cm) in size.
It was previously known as Romalea microptera (Beauvois). Colloquially known as Graveyard Grasshoppers.
The insect emits a foul-smelling secretion when it is disturbed which is dark colored and opaque.
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.
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