What is it?!
Location: Boca Raton, FL
April 3, 2011 5:22 pm
Hey bugman, my friend found this bug in his backyard. We’re from Boca Raton, FL (it’s pretty hot out here, in the 80s). We haven’t had any crazy storms down here recently but this isn’t like anything I’ve ever seen. I tried Googling but the only ones I found were the boxelder and the spittlebugs, but this one doesn’t look like them. Thanks!
This is an immature Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, Romalea microptera, which you may read about on BugGuide. We are surprised your friend only found one as they generally appear in groups. They can get quite numerous at times. The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper displays aposematic warning coloration as they are reported to be quite distasteful.