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Updated: 07/17/2014 08:00:01AM

Be on the watch for eastern lubber grasshoppers

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Lubber grasshoppers are often seen perched on the leaves of ornamental plants such as lily bulbs or orchids — and their favorite part of the plant seem to be the flower. For their size, they have less of an appetite than most grasshoppers.

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The first time we saw an eastern lubber grasshopper we did a double take. Surely it was a tin wind-up toy — not a living insect. Garish yellow, red and black and nearly 3 inches long, it was poised on the leaf of an amaryllis bulb.

We’d only just purchased our property and I’d brought a bag of bulbs a neighbor had given me and planted them along the edge of our driveway. With the start of the rainy season they’d sent up two-foot-long straplike leaves.

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