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Young eastern lubber grasshopper on a patch of dirt

Did you know that eastern lubber grasshoppers die in winter?

Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers
a Glance

Eastern lubber grasshopper nymph in the grass

Key Features:

Eastern lubber grasshoppers are yellow with black markings on their legs, bodies, and heads..


Forests, fields, swamps, and yards

nesting habits:

Female eastern lubber grasshoppers lay three to five clusters of 30 to 50 eggs in a hole before the temperature drops for winter.


Alfalfa, barley, clover, corn, cotton, grass, oats, rye, shrubbery, weeds, and wheat

hunting Behavior:

Eastern lubber grasshoppers damage crops by eating all the leaves off of them.

Commonly Confused With:

Cicadas, Locusts, and Praying Mantises

Eastern lubber grasshoppers are often confused with cicadas because both have black markings on their bodies. Eastern lubber grasshoppers are yellow and have long hind legs. Cicadas are brown or green.

Eastern lubber grasshopper nymph on a dried tree twig on cement

Eastern lubber grasshoppers are often confused with praying mantises because both have long hind legs. Praying mantises are green and also have long middle legs and necks.

Look for eastern lubber grasshoppers in your backyard in spring, summer, fall, and sometimes the beginning of winter.

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