black florida grasshopper with orange and yellow spots!!
February 5, 2010
Last June I went on vacation in Florida (St. Augustine). While I was there I found this enormous grass hopper. It was about three inches long and very bulky. It was shiny black with orange and yellow spots running down its back, orange stripes on its belly, and orange highlights on its head and thorax. I don’t think that it was fully grown because it had stubby little wings, like those of a nymph. Also, it had no antennae, so I’m wondering it maybe a bird or something attacked it. Thanks for any I.D. you can provide.
There are two distinct color variations of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, Romalea microptera, and this black variation is one. The other is yellow and orange with some darker markings.