Subject: Bush Locust?
Location: Waterberg Plateau Namibia
January 3, 2015 1:31 pm
I took this picture on the Waterberg Plateau in Namibia in November of this year. It seems very similar to the Common Milkweed Grasshopper but has some differences. It was very large at least 10 cm.
Signature: Al Kirkley

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear Al,
You are correct that this is one of the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae, and though the colors on your individual are not as vivid, it looks like this Foam Grasshopper on Beetles of Africa, though that individual is not even classified within the family.
  This similar looking individual on FlickR is identified as Phymateus leprosus, and checking on that name produces this image on  It appears there are minor variations in color and intensity within the species.

Location: Waterberg Plateau, Namibia

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