Prairie & Palms
One of the things you're likely to see amoung the prairie and palms of the Everglades this time of year in a large, brightly colored the Lubber Grasshopper . They can be up to 2 1/2 inches long and are very slow-moving. Although they have short front wings they are so small that the Lubber is flightless.
The lubber eats, and can demolish, a wide variety of native plants an some smaller insects. Their bright colors warn predators that they are toxic, but they also have prominent spikes, or spines on their hind legs and exude a foul-smelling fluid when disturbed. Most predators leave them alone.
The lubber grasshopper has a number of color changes throughout its life. You can see them and learn more about this gorgeous insect here. Be sure and double click on the photos so you can fully appreciate their beauty!