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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

 

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Taken on March 20, 2010