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Milkweed Locust

Phymateus viridipes


My friend called me over to check something out. This was not what I expected. We found a number of them just on the edge of the forest.

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Milkweed Locust
Phymateus viridipes

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28 Comments (1–25)

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago


Go Malawi
Go Malawi 9 years ago

No problem. It came up as "Unknown Spotting" for me as well. I clicked edit and save and that might have done the trick. Thanks for checking for me.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

Maybe there's an error, because this was "Unknown Spotting" before I wrote my first comment.. Sorry for that..

Go Malawi
Go Malawi 9 years ago

Thanks Jason. When I click on edit spotting, the information on the ID is already there. How can I ensure that the ID is updated?

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

Hello Go Malawi! This is a great spotting! Please update the ID as sharon and 11 other people have already told you.. :)

CostaBoyJack 9 years ago


Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

awesome colors!!

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

So, so incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gully.moy 10 years ago

Here is a scientific website showing Phymateus viridipes var. viridipes with reddish eyes, rather than blue:

Perhaps var. brunneri has blue eyes or I think more likely it is dependant on season or maturity. Either way I think we can be confident that it is Phymateus viridipes.

LanaSutton 10 years ago

Awesome find, great photo!

mcdanke89 10 years ago

Very cool

Stephanoandpewdiepie 10 years ago


LindsyCarranza 10 years ago


ForestDragon 10 years ago

Johan, that's a great observation. I missed that! It matches in the other ways. It is quite possible that this is a subspecies, related species, or it could be a color variation. I don't know enough about this species to know for sure and I haven't found good information yet to say if they have records of differently colored eyes.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 10 years ago

I'm not sure that it is Phymateus viridipes. It might be a sub-species, since the spotting ForestDragon mentioned shows blue eyes and the references as well.

mcaul6515 10 years ago

Wow! The colours are amazing!

AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Haha, "This was not what I expected" wonderfully understated! :-)

Aaron_G 10 years ago

I love this hopper and I also love the fact that the young man is wearing a Boston Bruins hoodie in Africa. :-)

Yasser 10 years ago

Awesome colors.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

Fantastic photo!

shebebusynow 10 years ago

Amazingly vivid colors!

alicelongmartin 10 years ago


WOW!! Beautiful!! Huge and colorful. What a treat.

gatorfellows 10 years ago

very nice :) here is a reference for your find;

ForestDragon 10 years ago

Beautiful! Here is another one:

Go Malawi
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Go Malawi

Central Region, Malawi

Spotted on Jan 8, 2013
Submitted on Jan 8, 2013

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