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Photo#196209
Lubber - Romalea microptera - male

Lubber - Romalea microptera - Male
Kenner, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
June 29, 2008
Looks a little like a Horse Lubber (Taeniopoda eques) but wrong wing and antenna coloration... I don't think it is an Eastern Lubber (Romalea microptera) because the adult isn't black. Am I just missing something here? Any ideas?


Please see


Another specimen found the same day.

Yes, but not your fault:-)
The eastern lubber comes in a less-common melanistic phase, which may be population-based, I don't know. At any rate, these are great images of the black phase. Yellow specimens would be the "xanthic" phase.