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Subject: Identify Grasshopper
Location: Mpumalanga Pelgrimsrest area
May 27, 2015 4:16 am
Good day,
There are quite a few of this beautiful black & red with a touch of blue grasshoppers in the Drakensberg area between Pelgrimsrest and Orhrigstad in the Mpumalanga district. I have looked through various books & tried to identify this grasshopper but had no success. It seems as though they do not have developed wings .
Signature: Naomi Le Roux

Milkweed Grasshopper

Koppie Foam Grasshopper

Dear Naomi,
Your Grasshopper is a Koppie Foam Grasshopper,
Dictyophorus spumans, which you can view on iSpot.  According to iNaturalist:  “the koppie foam grasshopper or rooibaadjie, is a species of grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae indigenous to Africa. The name “foaming grasshopper” derives from the insect’s ability to produce a toxic foam from its thoracic glands.”

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Subject: Bug Idetification
Location: Chennai, India
May 10, 2015 9:18 pm
Hello again, bugman :)
Found this bug next to a shore in ECR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
I found many look alike bugs which were very colourful.
Can you help me figure out the bug’s name again ?
Signature: Nithin Daniel Mathew

Painted Grasshopper

Ak Grasshopper

Hi Nithin,
This beautiful Grasshopper is in the family Pyrgomorphidae, and we found this matching image on Tumblr.  In 2009, we identified it as
Poekilocerus pictus, commonly called the Ak Grasshopper or Painted Grasshopper, a name we verified on National Geographic where it states:  ““Ak Grasshopper, is one of the most colorful grasshoppers of India. The nymphs display spots of varied colours from yellow, orange to blue and green. The adults show yellow and blue striped on head and thorax, a bright red abdomen, green-yellow forewings and red hind wings which are seen only in flight. The adults grow to about 60mm and are capable of good flight. The food is Giant Milkweed Plant.The eggs are laid in “pods” (each pod contains 70 – 200 eggs) during the monsoon months.”

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Subject: poisonous grasshopper
Location: Saudi Arabia/Madinah
April 23, 2015 11:18 am
Found this grasshopper on “Calotropis Procera” a poisonous milkweed.
I think it’s a female.
April/23/2015 4:20 P.M
Signature: M.A

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Usher-Hopper, a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear M.A.,
We agree that this is a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae, and except for the yellow spots on your individual, it looks very similar to this Egyptian Grasshopper from our archives.
  We believe it is probably Poekilocerus bufonius based on this image of a mating pair from Jordan.  It is called an Usher-Hopper on PBase.  We agree it is a female because of her larger size.  We apologize for missing some of your previous submissions.

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: South Africa
April 12, 2015 10:09 am
I found this bug in our room when visiting Kariega safari in South Africa in January. Any idea of what species?
Best regards,
Signature: Johan Ekener

Toxic Milkweed Locust

Toxic Milkweed Locust

Dear Johan,
This is a Toxic Milkweed Locust in the genus
Phymateus, and we cannot be certain of the exact species identification because many members of the genus look similar and there is great individual variation within the species as well.  Our best guess is Phymateus morbillosus which believe we have correctly identified in the past.  Though a redder color variation seems to be more common, we did locate similar looking individuals on Alamy and on iSpot.

Dear Daniel,
Many thanks for your swift response to my request. I will read more about these bugs; found it quite amazing compared to what we have here in Sweden :-)
Best wishes,

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Subject: Grasshopper
Location: Tom Price, Pilbara, Western Australia
April 10, 2015 2:54 am
I found this guy in a bush near my work and would be interested to know a little more about him. :)
Signature: Chalky

Blistered Grasshopper

Blistered Grasshopper

Dear Chalky,
Your images of a Blistered Grasshopper,
Monistria pustulifera, are quite beautiful.  Atlas of Living Australia indicates sightings over much of Australia.  According to AuseMade:  “This species commonly called the Blistered Pyrgomorph is a short horned, flightless grasshopper. The Blistered Pyrgomorph move so little, that their entire life cycle can be completed under a single bush.  Brightly coloured, its mottled body is coloured  orange-yellow spots, most probably a warning to potential predators, that pyrgomorphs are poisonous to eat.

Blistered Grasshopper

Blistered Grasshopper

Thankyou Daniel that is fascinating. :) I appreciate your effort and prompt response.
Take care.

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Subject: Query-Locust
Location: about 15 km west of Port Elizabeth
March 30, 2015 9:59 am
On a January (2015) trip to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, we stopped the car to enable the pictured creature to cross the road. It was walking quite slowly, but determined. Body length was around 5cm (=2 inches). Not having any detailed field guide for S.African insects, I just couldn’t put a name to it, although I suspect it’s some kind of locust. We don’t see its like in the UK!
Signature: Neil Henry

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear Neil,
This magnificent grasshopper is a member of the family Pyrgomorphidae and many individuals in the family are known as Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers, Gaudy Grasshoppers or Koppie Foam Grasshoppers.  We believe we have correctly identified your individual as
Phymateus leprosus subsp. leprosus based on an image on iSpot.  This seems to be a variably colored species.

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