Subject: Judean Milkweed Grasshopper
Location: Judean Desert, Israel
March 22, 2015 1:35 am
I was on a hike in the Judean Desert last week, and I came across a few interesting and beautiful insects. This milkweed grasshopper is one I haven’t seen in a long time. I presume it’s a male because of its relatively small size (about 4cm long), and the wings extend beyond the abdomen, but I’m not sure.
He was very calm, sat still for a good photo op.
Signature: Ben from Israel
We believe your Grasshopper is a male Poekilocerus bufonius which we first identified on Age Fotostock and then verified on PBase where it is called an Usher-Hopper. Encyclopedia of Life does place it in the family Pyrgomorphidae. Remember, in the future, you should submit larger digital files.