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Subject: Grasshoppers
Location: Seen at Chennai South India
August 11, 2017 10:09 am
Help me to identify the variety of the colour grasshopper.
Signature: SUNDAR RAGHURAMAN

Immature Painted Grasshopper

Dear SUNDAR,
Based on its bright coloration, we suspected correctly that this is a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae, but ascertaining the species identity took longer than expected because the nymph differs in coloration from the adult.  This is an immature Painted Grasshopper,
Poekilocerus pictus, which we identified thanks to this FlickR posting.  We verified its identity on Jungle Dragon where it states:  “‘Poekilocerus pictus‘ is a large brightly colored grasshopper from India. Nymphs of the species are notorious for squirting a jet of liquid up to several inches away when grasped.”  We also located this Blog we cannot read, but that you might find interesting.

Immature Painted Grasshopper

Hi Daniel
Many thanks for your clarification on my query.  It’s very much interesting.
Thanks a lot.
Regards SUNDAR RAGHURAMAN

Immature Painted Grasshopper

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Subject: ID of Grashopper from South Africa
Location: Mountains West og Krüger NP, SA
August 5, 2017 1:08 am
Dear Bugman
I travel the World for birding but are very hooked on insects as well and I encounter many weird bugs. This one is from an isolated strip of montane forest in South Africa. Looks interesting!
Hope You can help me on the ID
Ole Zoltan Göller, Denmark
Signature: Ole Zoltan Göller

Mating Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers

Dear Ole,
These are mating Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae, and many individuals have bright aposomatic coloration to warn predators of their toxicity.  Based on this FlickR posting, we believe your amorous pair are
Phymateus (Maphyteus) leprosus.

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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
Signature: Julia

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper Nymph

Dear Julia,
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.

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

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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

Koppie Foam Grasshopper

Dear Kristi,
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.

Thank you so much Daniel!  You are a super star!
Kind regards
Kristi

 

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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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