Don't Forget Your Lubbers : Lubber Party
The Lubber nymphs are emerging.
The adult female would have laid approx. 20-50 eggs underground over winter.
These guys are out by the hundreds at this point with more emerging every day.
These were approx 1/2" long.
Their wings are small (less than 1/2 the body length) and are basically useless as the Lubber
does not fly.
Their colors will change as they grow (yellowish and then to a bright orange), and they will grow to around 3" overall.
As adults, their bright orange colors serve as a warning to would be predators that they are, in fact, toxic. IF a would be predator does harass them, the Lubber will secrete an irritating foamy spray.
The only thing I've ever seen eating them are ants feeding on a dead Lubber.
Nikon D40, Macro taken with diopter, hand-held