Eastern Lubber Grasshopper: Dark Form

Subject: what’s this bug?
Location: Central Florida
July 31, 2014 7:33 am
These are all over our yard, and eating all our plants and flowers.
What are these?
How do we get rid of these things?
We live in central florida.
Signature: Bug Crazy!

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper:  Dark Form
Eastern Lubber Grasshopper: Dark Form

Dear Bug Crazy,
This is an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper,
Romalea microptera, and your individual is the dark form.  There is also a light form of Eastern Lubber Grasshopper.  According to BugGuide, they eat:  “Many herbs and shrubs. Favorite foods are said to include: Pokeweed, Phytolaca americana; Tread-softly, Cnidoscolus stimmulosus; Pickerel Weed, Pontederia cordata; Lizard’s Tail, Saururus sp.; Sedges, Cyperus; and Arrowhead, Sagittaria sp.”

Subject: Eastern Lubber
August 1, 2014 9:06 pm
Thanks for letting me know what this bug is,
but how do I kill it??
My lawn and plants are covered with them.
Need to get rid of them, please.
Signature: Bug Crazy

Dear Bug Crazy,
We do not provide extermination advice.

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