The Devil's Horse, aka Graveyard Grasshopper inhabits meadows and roadside ditches

The Devil’s Horse, aka Graveyard Grasshopper inhabits meadows and roadside ditches

Three inches long and resplendent in brightly coloured armour, ‘The Lubber’, ‘Graveyard Grasshopper’ or ‘Devil’s Horse locust’ could be a contender for the World’s gaudiest grasshopper.

You will have noticed that normally grasshoppers blend into their environment with inconspicuous green or brown colouration to match their surroundings rather well. So why then should the ‘Devil’s Horse locust’ be so daringly different?

A grasshopper feeding on a leaf. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

A grasshopper matching the green leaf on which it feeds. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

 

Lubber

The yellow and black serve as a warning of toxicity in nature. C . Paxton photo and copyright.