Subject: Lubber grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Time: 08:53 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi there
Please help identify this grasshopper. My son and I found it hanging around on our front gate.
We have it contained in a small container with air holes and will release it after looking at it for a day or so.
How you want your letter signed: Kurt Swart
This is one of the Gaudy Grasshoppers or Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae, a family that includes many members with bright aposomatic coloration to warn predators about the foul taste or toxic properties if this Grasshopper is eaten. Age Foto Stock has a nice image of a mating pair. Previously, we identified this species as the Elegant Grasshopper, Zonocerus elegans.