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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.
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.
Maybe there's an error, because this was "Unknown Spotting" before I wrote my first comment.. Sorry for that..
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?
Hello Go Malawi! This is a great spotting! Please update the ID as sharon and 11 other people have already told you.. :)
So, so incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is a scientific website showing Phymateus viridipes var. viridipes with reddish eyes, rather than blue:http://orthoptera.speciesfile.org/Common...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.
Awesome find, great photo!
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.
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.
Wow! The colours are amazing!
Haha, "This was not what I expected" wonderfully understated! :-)
I love this hopper and I also love the fact that the young man is wearing a Boston Bruins hoodie in Africa. :-)
Amazingly vivid colors!
WOW!! Beautiful!! Huge and colorful. What a treat.
very nice :) here is a reference for your find; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phymateus_v...
Beautiful! Here is another one:http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/142...
Lat: -13.38, Long: 33.99
Spotted on Jan 8, 2013 Submitted on Jan 8, 2013
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