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In this case, those colours don't indicate venom and stings and the infliction of pain and death. Unless you eat it, maybe. Lubbers are toxic to the birds and such which may want to make a meal of it. They can also emit a nasty secretion as a kind of preview of the horrid taste that awaits any animal fool enough to let hunger get the better of them. It's a good thing they have these defences because their wings are so short that Lubbers can't fly or even jump any great distance. The wings are brightly coloured though, offering yet another warning to attackers, AND they can produce a loud hissing sound to startle and scare everything away. It seems that if you're brightly coloured and can't fly, you've got a lot of work to do.
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Lubber Grasshoppers are from southeast and south central United States and are also known as Southeast Lubber Grasshoppers. Needless to say, they are well known in those parts and I'm sure they're loved by many so long as they aren't destroying the garden.
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