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Insect: Koppie Foam Grasshopper (Dictophorus spumans)

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Unread post by CuriousCanadian » Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:40 pm

I made this new friend while out walking in the mountains
near GGHNP!!!

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Pretty isn't he? :D

Any idea what he is?
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Unread post by Imberbe » Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:58 pm

It is the "Koppie Foam Grasshopper".

It is a flightless grasshopper found over large parts of S.A. The red colouring is a warning signal to predators that it is poisonous. It extracts heart poisons from the milkweeds it feeds on, and exudes these in a foam when molested. Known to be fatal to dogs.
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Insect: Koppie Foam Grasshopper (Dictophorus spumans)

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:59 pm

What locust is this??
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:18 pm

An adult Koppie Foam Grasshopper(Dictophorus spumans)

Also poisonous, because it stores Heart-posions from the milkweeds it eats....Recorded as fatal to dogs, if consumed.
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Grasshopper ID required

Unread post by Kenmo » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:01 pm

I took these beautiful insects in the Karoo in December 05 but have never been able to identify them. The closest I can find, for Picture 1, is a pyrgomorphid grasshopper but nothing for Picture 2.

Can anyone help?

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Kenmo » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:23 pm

Thanks to both of you for the help with the caterpillar and the Kopie Foam Grasshopper.

Still struggling with the second grasshopper (picture 2). Does anyone know what it is?

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:41 pm

Same species, just a bit older. :wink:
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