Lubber Defense Decay


The Lubber Grasshoppers, Romalea guttata, is a large colorful grasshopper found in Florida. Romalea is toxic to birds and other vertebrates. Phenolic toxins produced by Romalea induce vomiting or even death in most predators. One bird has found a way to avoid the grasshopper defense, the Loggerhead Shrike, Lanius ludovicianus.*

Shrikes will hunt and kill more prey than they can eat in the short term, stashing the prey for later consumption. This habit of killing prey to…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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