Eastern Lubber Grasshopper at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

this "clumsy fellow" is native to houston

This large colorful grasshopper, Romalea guttata, is native to the Southeastern United States and is commonly found right here in Houston. The term “lubber” means a clumsy fellow, which describes these awkward grasshoppers very well.

Unlike most grasshoppers, lubbers cannot hop well and are unable to fly. Their bright colors advertise to potential predators that they are distasteful and possibly toxic to some animals.

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