South African Grasshopper
Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 7:43 AM
Photographed at Cape Point, SA. A photo is attached.
Cape Point, South Africa

Immature Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Immature Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Hi Brett,
This is an immature Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper, AKA Gaudy Grasshopper, AKA Bushlocust, in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  It may be Phymateus saxosus, but we are not certain.  Grasshoppers in this family feed on toxic milkweed and stores the toxic compounds in their bodies.  If injested, sickness or possibly even death may result.  The warning colors are a signal to not eat.

Location: Africa

5 Responses to Immature Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper from South Africa

  1. bugdude21 says:

    Its really surprising that milkweed can survive in South Africa.

  2. Dominik Hofer says:

    Could that also be nymph of Dictyophorus spumans?

    • bugman says:

      The Grasshopper in our posting resembles the one in the link, which is another species of Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper. We cannot say for certain that this nymph is one species or the other, but both identifications are possibilities.

  3. Dominik Hofer says:

    Could that also be nymph of Dictyophorus spumans?

  4. Cathy Withers-Clarke says:

    These beauties are common here and if you look up Koppie Foam Grasshoppers/Dictyophorus spumans you’ll find a lot about them. They come in some spectacular colours !

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