Lubber Grasshoppers

Lubber Grasshoppers

Lubber Grasshoppers

Lubber Grasshoppers – (Ramalea guttata)  also known as Eastern Lubber grasshoppers are native to the Southeastern United States. This group of lubbers are actually the young or immature version of Lubbers that I saw and photographed along a Pinewoods trail in the Corkscrew Marsh of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The grasshopper is wingless and moves about by walking and jumping up to 20 times its length. It can grow up to 3 inches in length. The lubbers feed on insects and plants and can cause damage to orchids and other plants. The Lubbers protect themselves by ingesting chemicals from plants that then become poisonous to birds and other predators. They can also give off a foul smelling odor when threatened.

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