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Subject: Identification Request
Location: Arusha, Tanzania
January 19, 2017 7:26 pm
Hi there,
Here are a few interesting ‘bugs’ I photographed while living in Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Hoping you can help me (finally) identify exactly what they are 🙂
Many thanks
Signature: Tom Broughton

Elegant Grasshopper

Subject: Identification Request
Location: East Africa
January 19, 2017 7:28 pm
Hi there,
Here are a few interesting ‘bugs’ I photographed while living in Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Hoping you can help me (finally) identify exactly what they are 🙂
Many thanks
IMG 1159 in Rwanda
IMG 1515b in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
IMG 8969 in Longido, Northern Tanzania (found dead)

Elegant Grasshopper (IMG 1159)

Dear Tom,
Two of your images, one from Tanzania and IMG 1159 from Rwanda are Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  The individual from Tanzania appears to be an Elegant Grasshopper,
Zonocerus elegans, based on a previous identification on our site.  Based on this BioLib image, we are pretty confident IMG 1159 is the same species.  We are not certain if only the males have usable wings or if both sexes come in winged and flightless forms.  We will address the other four images you sent in distinct postings.  

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Subject: Locust
Location: South Africa, Limpopo
December 13, 2016 5:43 am
Good day, please assist with identification? Not sure if this is a Milkweed Locust
Signature: Locust in SA

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

This is a gorgeous image of a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  Based on images posted to iSpot, we believe it is Phymateus baccatus.  We will be postdating your submission to go live at the end of the month when we are away from the office for the holidays.

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Subject: Locust from Mozambique
Location: Mozambique Africa
December 4, 2016 11:02 am
Hi , good morning , i have some bugs photos from my son who is in Mozambique
Will like to know what species or genres .
Thx
Signature: DANIEL BENARROCH

Green Milkweed Locust

Green Milkweed Locust

Dear Daniel,
This is one of the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers or Gaudy Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  We are pretty confident that it is the Green Milkweed Locust,
Phymateus viridipes, which we found on Jungle Dragon, and verified on pBase where it states:  “These grasshoppers are toxic enough to cause death if eaten. Not a good idea anyway, based on looks alone.”

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Subject: Species of this Grasshopper
Location: Nepal Ghats
October 8, 2016 11:46 pm
Dear Bugman,
My friend is traveling in Nepal and photographed a variety that I have yet to be able to identify. It is very similar to the Nepal Coffee Locust and is likely a milkweed grasshopper varietal of some kind. Could you help us come up with a species name it is truly beautiful. Thank you
Signature: Ranger Bert

Coffee Locust

Coffee Locust

Dear Ranger Bert,
We see from a comment you have provided to a posting in our archives that you have used the more than 20,000 postings on our site to identify this Coffee Locust,
Ausarches miliaris, a member of the family Pyrgomorphidae, the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers that flaunt this toxicity or bad taste through aposomatic or warning coloration.  The images we have found online, including on the Insects in Indian Agroecosystems and  Macroclub, have yellow or white banded faces.  Your individual may represent a different species in the genus, a subspecies, or most likely just a color variation.  According to ZipcodeZoo:  “It swarms in October, the mating and egg-laying season, collecting on bushes and grasses. It is heavy and sluggish, able to make only short leaps, very visible on vegetation. Outbreaks leading to this species damaging cultivated crops are uncommon. When A. miliaris (of either sex) is disturbed or grabbed, it emits a sharp rasping noise from its thoracic segments. If its thorax is pinched, it also squirts a clear viscous mucus with unpleasant smell and a bitter taste, faintly alkaline, with many embedded bubbles. This foam comes out as a strong jet from apertures in the thorax, and more gently from other openings in the body (ten in total); it heaps up around the insect and partly covers it.”

Thank you so much.
My friends use me to help ID stuff all the time and this guy stumped me with its colors. Really appreciate your time and expertise.
Brett Thomsen (aka Ranger Bert)

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Subject: Grasshopper
Location: Cape Town South Africa
April 14, 2016 6:35 am
Hello,
I took some pictures of a huge grasshopper.
Think its a juvenile, cause it had no proper wings developed.
Size was r.a. 12cm which is really big for a grasshopper
Picture was taken on mid november in Cape Town
Signature: ThunderPie

Koppie Foam Grasshoppers

Koppie Foam Grasshoppers

Dear ThunderPie,
Based on this and other images posted to iSpot, we have identified this as a Koppie Foam Grasshopper,
Dictyophorus spumans, one of the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  Many species feed on milkweed, and they are able to process and absorb the toxic compounds in the plant, which gives the Grasshoppers protection against predators.  Many members of the family advertise with aposomatic or warning colors.

Koppie Foam Grasshopper

Koppie Foam Grasshopper

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Subject: ID of Locust?
Location: South Africa, Entabeni reserve, Limpopo
February 9, 2016 12:31 pm
Hi took these photos in South Africa February 2015 on the Entabeni reserve, Limpopo region but cannot find a name for them, can you help please.
Signature: Roger

Mating Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers

Mating Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers

Dear Roger,
We had to look through numerous images of Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers or Foam Grasshoppers from the family Pyrgomorphidae on iSpot before we found an image that appears to be the same species you encountered, however it is only identified as being a member of the family.  Bright aposomatic warning colors and patterns are characteristic of this family.  We found a similarly colored individual pictured on Midlands Conservancies Forum.  It is possible that this is a highly variable species and not all individuals have striped antennae and abdomens, or even the same color combination.

Mating Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers

Mating Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers

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