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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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32 Comments (1–25)

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 5 years ago


Go Malawi
Go Malawi 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 years ago


Hema 6 years ago

awesome colors!!

MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

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

gully.moy 6 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 6 years ago

Awesome find, great photo!

mcdanke89 6 years ago

Very cool


LindsyCarranza 6 years ago


ForestDragon 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

Wow! The colours are amazing!

AnnvanWijgerden 6 years ago

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

Aaron_G 6 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 6 years ago

Awesome colors.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago

Fantastic photo!

shebebusynow 6 years ago

Amazingly vivid colors!

alicelongmartin 6 years ago


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

gatorfellows 6 years ago

very nice :) here is a reference for your find; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phymateus_v...

ForestDragon 6 years ago

Beautiful! Here is another one:

Go Malawi
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Go Malawi

Central, Malawi

Lat: -13.38, Long: 33.99

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

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