Another post on lubbers

I’ve posted before about Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers, but I didn’t have any good photos to share because it was too early in the year for the adults – and because I’m always too rushed to stomp the crowds of nymphs as the emerge to run inside for my camera.

But today I found this guy on my lima beans, and I took the time to take a few photos:

You can see his mouth parts pretty clearly in this photo - he was busy munching.

In the brief space of time that I took these photos, he ate his way through two blossoms on this one lima bean plant (not to mention however much he ate while I grabbed my camera). They eat so much… and he was focused on the blooms. Sorry to inform you, fella, but that was supposed to be my future dinner.

Enjoy this meal. It will be your last.

On the bright side, I’m only seeing one or two of them a day at this point. The downside is that they’re fully grown now – which means they eat more, freak me out more, and are harder to eliminate.

Hopefully a bit of vigilance this year will mean fewer are laid/hatched in our garden next year.

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  1. #1 by Farmer Dave on May 31, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Great photo. They’re really a pest… particularly since they’re inedible themselves. When I was a kid I thought they were really cool (like rabbit, squirrels and other pests). As a gardener, however – ANATHEMA!

  2. #2 by goffcouture on May 31, 2011 - 9:35 am

    Yes! I actually have childhood memories of my grandmother killing them in her garden; she taught me from an early age that lubbers must DIE. And to this day I use the same gruesome method myself to combat the adults sans chemicals (pruning shears). I dislike killing them – I dislike killing anything. But they just plow through the vegetation so fast, and this spring we had hundreds upon hundreds of them hatch from the bare sand in our yard. I can’t see letting them roam free in my carefully cultivated garden.

  3. #3 by Farmer Dave on June 1, 2011 - 10:22 pm

    I wonder if they have a natural predator.

    Wait… maybe pruning shears ARE their natural predator!

    I kill and kill and kill almost anything that eats my garden. I want that food for myself, not for nasty bugs.

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