During a recent trip to Florida, (I live in the UK, I photographed these two insects outside the Visitor Centre at Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades (wonderful place and VERY nice people).
I understood from someone else who was visiting that they are Lubbock Crickets named after a town in Texas. I beleive they are two separate stages of the same insect.
Can anyone confirm the names (Scientific names would also be very helpful) and any other info. about the insects.
I have a very basic field guide, and there is a "lubber grasshopper", which is the same shape, about 2.5" long, but green. Then there is a "red-legged grasshopper", which looks exactly like your black one. Your yellow one is similar, but is not a growth or seasonal phase of the red-legged; it looks like a different species, or sub-species. I am unaware of a "Lubbock cricket". ---scott
Barrie- According to my trusty Audubon field guide, they are Southeastern Lubber Grasshoppers (Romalea microptera). You are correct, they are two color forms of the same species. The reddish stripe on the fore-wing of the first one indicates it is from the South. The field guide says: "They live in roadsides, field edges and gardens, and eat herbaceous plants of many kinds. Nymphs appear in early spring, adults often in June and are active through November. They are slow-moving, can't fly and give off a foul smelling liquid when handled. The spiny hind tibiae (last set of legs) can cut human skin" p. 424-425. Hope this helps. Great shots, by the way. At least as good as in the field guide, but they didn't show the black morph.
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