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Colourful Grasshopper
Location: Natal Midlands in South Africa
February 20, 2011 5:58 am
We were travelling in the Natal Midlands of South Africa when I stumbled across this very colourful mean looking grasshopper. He was incidentally only a meter away from a Koppies Foam Grasshopper. Can you identify him?
Signature: Deryck

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear Deryck,
We believe your specimen is a Koppie Foam Grasshopper,
Dictyophorus spumans, or at least a closely related species of Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the same family, Pyrgomorphidae.  Many times there is variability between individuals of the same species.  The warning coloration or aposematic coloration that is evident in your photo is designed to warn predators that this Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper should not be eaten.

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3 Responses to Koppie Foam Grasshopper from South Africa

  1. David says:

    Hi There,

    I have a pest of these Grasshoppers in my Garden, and my dog got very ill after eating one of these. I stay in pretoria.

    Does anyone have any tips on pest control? How do I go about getting rid of these… Or at least repel them.


  2. Robbie says:

    I’ve got the same problem and luckily only one of my dogs ate one but is still battling when walking even though its been on a drip and three weeks of anti-bionics and anti inflammatory medication.
    There must be someway of killing these pests and destroying the eggs before they hatch and become active.

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