Herd of Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers hatch in South Africa

South African grasshopper
Location: South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Hillcrest/Pinetown
December 9, 2011 8:14 am
took these pics during a trip to KwaZulu-Natal in October 2006, in a park outside of Durban. Hordes of grasshoppers emerged from the ground – at several different locations but almost simultaneously – thousands of them. Managed to get some pics of them emerging and several shots of individuals. Found similar pictures on your site – toxic milkweed grasshopper?what fascinated me most was that they alla hatched at the same moment. Any info on their life cycles,what triggers etc?
Signature: Jo Cannon

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper Nymphs

Hi Jo,
Congratulations on properly identifying your Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae using our site.  Your photographs are stunning.  We are running a bit late at the moment and cannot devote more time to this posting, but we will do additional research later.  We also need to subcategorize the numerous postings of Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in an effort to clean up our archives.

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper Nymph

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