Subject: More Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper Nymphs from South Africa
Location: Riebeek-Kasteel, Western Cape, South Africa
May 3, 2017 3:25 am
More Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper Nymphs from South Africa
May 2, 2017
We saw something similar last weekend (30.4.2017), hiking Kasteelberg in Riebeek Kasteel, Western Cape. They started appearing the further we got to the rocky top of the mountain.
As you mentioned, they change colour during maturation process – we took some pictures that look exactly like the one displayed above, but much brighter in colour. Is it the same species just ‘older’ as the colour is much brighter?
We also saw big ones in a dark red & black colour.
I’d love to add pictures to get more information – please contact me so I can send them perhaps?
Thanks & Cheers
Both of your images are of Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae. The green nymph appears to be Phymateus leprosus which we have featured on our site in the past. Based on this iSpot image, the adult is also Phymateus leprosus. This iSpot image provides verification that the nymph is the same species. Browsing through all the species images on iSpot indicates there is some color variation in the adults and possibly the nymphs as well.