Subject: Yet another coloured grasshopper
Location: Cameroon, near Bamenda
December 16, 2013 6:12 am
.. found in Cameroon, near Bamenda.
In the third pic you can see it watching the camera, I think.
Hi again Robert,
We actually identified this Elegant Grasshopper while researching the previous posting. We first found a postage stamp from 1970 Malawi with the Elegant Grasshopper, Zonocerus elegans, beautifully rendered. That led us to numerous other images, including BioLib and Biodiversity Explorer. The coloring and markings on your individual are slightly different, and we suspect this is individual variation, though it might indicate a different species in the same genus. Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae should be handled with caution as they can exude a toxic substance if carelessly handled.
Update: February 22, 2014
We just received a correction that this is a different species in the same genus. It is the Variegated Grasshopper, Zonocerus variegatus, and there is a nice image on PBase.