Horse Lubber Grasshopper by Kimberly Chadwick


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Wilcox, Arizona
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Horse Lubber Grasshopper

First time visitors to Southeastern Arizona during the late summer months are flabbergasted to find a grasshopper decked out in the most bizarre assortment of colors. On a background of black are bright yellow lines, lime green netting and white. And just when the ecotourists think they have seen everything, the hoppers open their wings to reveal hot pink undergarments.

The colors aren’t part of a drag costume, instead they warn potential predators that this hopper tastes really bad and might be poisonous. They themselves, apparently don’t mind the taste as evidenced by how readily they cannibalize hoppers that have been crushed by taste-insensitive automobile tires.

On occasion these horse lubbers are quite numerous and march relentlessly across roads where many are killed. In the Sonoran Desert this species might be encountered on the fringes south and east of Tucson, Arizona. Otherwise it is a denizen of the Madrean- Oak Woodland habitats in Arizona.



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  • wayne51
    wayne51over 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Kimberly, and a very interesting insect. Wayne

  • They are a gorgeous grasshopper. The sound they make resembles a rattler. Rather larger than you would think and the underwings in flight are beautiful! Thank you Wayne for your supportive comment!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Callum Brown
    Callum Brownover 3 years ago

    Nice work… Well done

  • Thank you so very much. I do appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    FANTASTIC close-up, its even looking at you, posing ??

  • No M’am, not posing, but watching….lol. Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    The name alone is worth the price of admission! This is a fine-looking specimen, beautifully caught with all its details (except the underwing) showing!

  • That under-wing is so very gorgeous too. I tried but no luck. Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertover 3 years ago


  • LOL, hehehehe

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • bygeorge
    bygeorgeover 3 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?


  • Thank you so much George! I am honored to be among your chosen!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Thank you dear Andrea!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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