Subject:  What is this? Can it hurt me?
Geographic location of the bug:  Holiday, Florida
Date: 04/02/2018
Time: 01:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Am visiting a friend and we saw this on the back fence. It’s maybe 1/2 inch long, stays in a small group. They haven’t left the fence for days. Is it dangerous, poisonous, to dogs? What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Victoria M.

Eastern Lubber Nymphs

Dear Victoria,
These are the nymphs of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, a flightless species found in the southeast.  According to BugGuide:  “Juveniles (nymphs) tend to stick together in groups near a food source. (This probably enhances the effectiveness of their warning coloration.)” and “
Adults are flightless. Coloration is aposematic (warning), apparently this species is distasteful to vertebrate predators. When disturbed, it will spread its wings, hiss, and secrete a smelly fluid from its spiracles.  In some regions individuals are prevalently black, in others orange or yellow.

Location: Holiday, Florida

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