Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Lubbers are Everywhere
For the past two or three years, I have noticed a steady increase in the number of Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers, Romalea microptera, in my yard. It started with one or two, then a dozen, and now there are scores of them. Their shiny black bodies are lined with bold yellow or red stripes. Although they are very colorful, they are also doing a number on some of my plants. They particularly seem to enjoy my tomatoes and onions.
The females seem to be larger with more yellow on them. The males are a little smaller and have more red on them. According to a webpage that I found, they are not good tasting to predators and the bright colors are a warning.
Here is how they are classified...for those who enjoy biology and such: