Subject: identification assistance
Location: wakkerstroom Mpumalanga
February 23, 2017 12:05 pm
Please could you assist with the I’d of this specimen
Signature: Kristi Garland
This is a Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae. More specifically, we believe it is a Koppie Foam Grasshopper, Dictyophorus spumans, which is pictured on iSpot. Because they feed on milkweed and they are able to absorb and retain toxic compounds from the plant, members of this family are called Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers and they sport aposomatic or warning coloration to protect them from predators.