Koppie Foam Grasshopper from Swaziland

Subject: grasshopper
Location: mountains of Swaziland, southern African
February 17, 2013 6:50 am
I have identified this as a foam grasshopper, genus Pyrgomorphidae, but not been able to narrow it down further.
Can you help?
Signature: Barbara R.

Koppie Foam Grasshopper

Hi Barbara,
Pyrgomorphidae is a family, not a genus.  This is either a Koppie Foam Grasshopper,
Dictyophorus spumans, or a very closely related species.  Koppie Foam Grasshoppers are in the family Pyrgomorphidae that contains the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers, a group so named as they feed on milkweed and they are able to retain the toxins in their own bodies as defense mechanisms against predators.  The PHotographs from South Africa website has some images that are a visual match to your individual, but they are only identified to the family level.  The same family identification applies to this image on FlickR.

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