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!
Signature: Lena

Immature Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Hi Lena,
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.

Location: Florida

3 Responses to Eastern Lubber Grasshopper Nymph

  1. Enrique Romero says:

    I have been thinking about entomophagy for some time, since it seems a logical way to appease hunger. Since this is as much a taboo in my country , Honduras, as it is in USA, I have been slow to start experimenting. I had read grasshoppers are edible. I had the unfortunate idea of starting with these lubber nymphs. Yes. Toxic. Vomiting, nausea. About three hours of feeling sick. I had to stick my finger up my throat and expel some of it. I learned my lesson.
    Can anyone tell me what grasshoppers/crickets ARE edible (here in Central America).

    • bugman says:

      We are sorry your foray into entomophagy did not go well. We do have an Edible Insects tag on our site that has identified many of the edible critters in our archives.

  2. Enrique Romero says:

    Will look into it, thank you. I will not dismay! (Thought the sight of an eastern lubber makes me sick- I can see how this works!)

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