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Elegant grasshopper

Zonocerus elegans

Description:

colourful medium-large grasshopper, about 40mm. this individual was particularly brightly coloured, some individuals are a lot more muted. As is characteristic of the Pyromorphidae family, Zonocerus can produce an obnoxious foam from the thorax region when they feel threatened hence the common family name Foam Grasshoppers . The nymphal stage starts out as gregarious, black and white hoppers.

Habitat:

in tangled grassy/weedy area within a cattle ranch; semi arid,sub tropical, bushveld. Although these grasshoppers are frequently associated with milkweeds, Senecios and Solanums all of which contain nasty alkaloids these particular grasshoppers were feasting on the amaranth, Hermbstadtia odorata

Notes:

these attractive grasshoppers can be a severe agricultural pest of irrigated vegetable and fruit growing areas.

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18 Comments

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 6 years ago

Amazing colors. It is amost like an art project .... painted in different colors!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

INCREDIBLE!!

KakyoinNoriaki
KakyoinNoriaki 6 years ago

WOOOW¡¡
ASOMEOME¡¡¡¡

Albena
Albena 6 years ago

Stunning colours! Wonderful photo!

Ietermagog
Ietermagog 6 years ago

Fantastic colouring!

Telse
Telse 6 years ago

Wow! Funky Grasshopper. Love this.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Cool!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Wow! Amazing colours!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Very very beautiful!

PongWira
PongWira 6 years ago

Wow, colourful!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Wow! It's beautiful!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Wow! Elegant indeed!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Very flamboyant!

AdamBT
AdamBT 6 years ago

Lovely find!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 6 years ago

Beautiful! Nice shots! Thanks for sharing.

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 6 years ago

A rainbow of colors!

Beautiful !

ceherzog
ceherzog 6 years ago

That's a showy grasshopper! Very nice.

C.Sydes
Spotted by
C.Sydes

Central District, Botswana

Lat: -23.54, Long: 27.09

Spotted on Mar 17, 2013
Submitted on Mar 25, 2013

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