Grasshoppers are common insects. Often seen and heard during the warmer months here in the U.S., they are symbolic of summer and outdoor activities. In Florida the Eastern Lubber (Romalea microptera) is our most observed species. They are large (3 inches), brightly colored, flightless and slow moving.
Lubber’s distribution is in the “U.S Subtropics,” as you can see by the map
When we begin to see them in the spring, they are small black nymphs with yellow stripes. They moult through five instars and as they do, they change color to the yellow/orange with black spots in the first photo. Above, this “teenager” is growing bigger, but still dark colored.
Being “popular” insects, grasshoppers were studied long ago! Grasshoppers are herbivorous, and although harmless to humans, some can do significant damage to crops. Want to know more about our insect world….get a copy of the “Field Guide to Insects of North America,” by my Facebook friend, Eric Eaton.
Here’s another book I liked.
Fabled in story, song and even poetry…..here’s a grasshopper ode!
all day long
we hear your scraping
such funny legs
such funny feet
and how we wonder
what you eat
maybe a single blink of dew
sipped from a clover leaf would do
then high in air
once more you spring
to fall in grass again
Conrad Potter AikenBelow is a Lubber growing larger, but still black with yellow stripes.
See if you can find the grasshopper in this classic Hokusai painting!And here is a cohort of young lubber instars!
You may also like:
Leave a Comment
Top-Viewed Posts Last 30 Days
- POLL: Should the ban on fox hunting be relaxed in the UK? » [2855 Views]
- POLL: Should lion canned hunting be banned in South Africa? » [2052 Views]
- POLL: Should the wolf hunting contest in Idaho be stopped? » [1948 Views]
- POLL: Should Grey Squirrels be Culled in the UK? » [1347 Views]
- POLL: Should bear hunting be banned in the US? » [916 Views]
- Watch: How Did a Young Elephant Drive Off 14 Lions? » [710 Views]
- Gray Squirrels versus Red Squirrels – The Facts » [554 Views]
- POLL: Should the Canadian Government bring an end to the annual seal slaughter? Shocking Video! » [499 Views]
- POLL: Should wildlife hunting contests be permitted in Idaho? » [491 Views]
- Ornithologists Map Family Tree of Mysterious Cotinga Birds » [487 Views]
Top-Viewed Posts Last 12 Months
- » POLL: Should the ban on fox hunting be relaxed in the UK? [10958 Views]
- POLL: Should the Faroe Islands’ whale slaughter be allowed to continue? » [7962 Views]
- POLL: Should the fox-hunting laws in the UK be relaxed? » [7403 Views]
- POLL: Should the Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji Cove be stopped? » [5656 Views]
- Petition: Stop Lion Canned Hunting in South Africa – Shocking Video » [4735 Views]
- Komodo and its Dragons » [4659 Views]
- POLL: Should bear hunting be banned in the US? » [3996 Views]
- POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned? » [3204 Views]
- POLL: Should the wolf hunting contest in Idaho be stopped? » [3042 Views]
- POLL: Should China’s shameful tiger farms be closed down? » [2907 Views]