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Subject: poisonous grasshopper
Location: Saudi Arabia/Madinah
April 23, 2015 11:18 am
Hi!
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
Hi,
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,
Johan

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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.
Chalky.

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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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Subject: Judean Milkweed Grasshopper
Location: Judean Desert, Israel
March 22, 2015 1:35 am
Hello Bugman,
I was on a hike in the Judean Desert last week, and I came across a few interesting and beautiful insects. This milkweed grasshopper is one I haven’t seen in a long time. I presume it’s a male because of its relatively small size (about 4cm long), and the wings extend beyond the abdomen, but I’m not sure.
He was very calm, sat still for a good photo op.
Signature: Ben from Israel

Milkweed Grasshopper

Usher-Hopper

Hi Ben,
We believe your Grasshopper is a male Poekilocerus bufonius which we first identified on Age Fotostock and then verified on
PBase where it is called an Usher-Hopper.  Encyclopedia of Life does place it in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  Remember, in the future, you should submit larger digital files.

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Subject: UNKNOWN GRASSHOPPER
Location: Botriver Western Cape
January 30, 2015 6:24 am
Hi Bugman,
My hubby and I were in Botriver over the past two weeks ie. 14 to 25 Jan 2015.
We captured this stunning picture of what we believe is a grasshopper of sorts. Absolutely beautiful, never seen anything like it in my life.
Thought you might like to have a look at it and maybe identify it for me?
thanks so much.
kind regards
Signature: Judy

Green Milkweed Locust

Green Milkweed Locust

Hi Judy,
Your images are stunning and this Grasshopper is gorgeous.  It is a member of the family Pyrgomorphidae, commonly called the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers.  They feed on milkweed, and many species are ably to synthesize and store compounds from the plants that render the grasshoppers toxic.  They also have aposomatic or warning coloration to ward off predators.  Your individual is a Green Milkweed Locust,
Phymateus leprosus, and you can verify our identification on iSpot.

Green Milkweed Locust

Green Milkweed Locust

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