Romalea guttata (Lubber Grasshopper sp.)


Romalea guttata is also known as the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper.
It is limited to the southeastern region of the United States.
The colorful adults are one of the most distinctive grasshopper species found in this region. 
While their coloring can vary, generally adult Eastern Lubber Grasshopper are mostly yellow or tawny with black accents. 
Adults with darker colors can also be found, with yellow only as a minor component.
Immature nymphs are black with pink and yellow spots and bands.
When threatened, Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers may flap their brightly colored pink-orange hindwings in alarm.

1st & 2nd photo: Bird Rookery Swamp, Naples, Florida, USA, 21 November 2012
3rd, 4th & 5th photo: James E. Grey Preserve, New Port Richey, Florida, USA, 27 March 2022

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