Monday, July 18, 2005

Oops, they are toxic...


Oops, they are toxic...
Originally uploaded by merriwether.

I did a little more info gathering on my six-legged sky-prawns. Turns out they are Southeastern Lubber Grasshoppers (Romalea microptera).

"large, lethargic grasshopper that cannot fly, it has powerful legs armed with short spines. Aposematically colored due to it's toxicity (enough to make a raccoon sick) they feed on many different herbaceous plants. Their prefered habitat is pinewoods, weedy fields and the tangled vegetation along roadsides but they often invade gardens and yards. They can be found from central North Carolina to Florida and west through Georgia, Alabama, southern Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. These grasshoppers occur throughout the year in Florida. In the cooler parts of their range they have one generation per year, with eggs beginning to hatch in late February, and populations increasing in March. There are five instars, each lasting seven to ten days (after these five stages the nymph is considered an adult). Nymphs are dark brown and in the melanistic southern form, the adults are as well. The highest number of adults can be observed in July and August during which time many eggs are laid in soft soil. Adults are active until winter."

Apparently I shouldn't have eaten them. Oh well. Sometimes being an adventurer means eating the wrong thing...

1 comment:

Oliana0 said...

So I have to pay to get you an RSS feed onto my friends list. I guess I can learn to click once or twice to read your journal.

I like the advice to those lost in the woods. Very scout leader of you. Your daughters are going to be the best girl scouts ever.

:)