Lubber Grasshoppers

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5 more lubber facts!

Lubber grasshoppers have very few natural predators. The only bird known to eat them is a loggerhead shrike. They impale the lubbers and leave them to bake in the sun. They then return to consume them in a few days once the toxins have broken down.

Grasshoppers and crickets belong to the order orthoptera. What’s the difference between a cricket and a grasshopper? One of the differences is that crickets have long antennae and grasshoppers have short antennae. 

Lubbers have 5 instars. Instars are stages an insect must go through to reach adulthood. The juveniles also resemble the adults.

Grasshoppers are older than the dinosaurs! They evolved over 200 million years ago, during the Triassic period.

Some species of grasshoppers are perfectly safe to eat! The lubber grasshopper, on the other hand, will not taste good and it can make humans sick!

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References:

http://www.loyno.edu/lucec/natural-history-writings/southeastern-lubber-grasshopper-romlea-micropter.

http://insects.about.com/od/identifyaninsect/a/grassorcricket.htm.

http://insects.about.com/od/grasshoppersandcrickets/a/10-Cool-Facts-About-Grasshoppers.htm.

http://www.culinarylore.com/food-science:are-grasshoppers-edible