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Insect: Grasshoppers and locusts

Unread post by PhilQ » Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:58 pm

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Saw this grasshopper in Kruger. Needed a strong telelens for this photo. Does anyone have any idea what species this is, or alternatively where to find an expert who is knowledgeable in this field?
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Unread post by jaapvandijk » Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:21 pm

I will than just post a pic of mine.
Can anyone tell me what species this is?
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Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Nov 09, 2005 12:40 am

I have seen the locust on the first posting before, but I am not sure of its name. It might be a "toad grashopper" but I am unsure. I wil have a look ...

As for the locust on the second post: It is what is known as a "Bush Locust" which is a general name for a specific family of locusts (including Phymateus leprosus / Phymateus baccatus). Some members of the family are poisonous, and advertise this through bright colouring on their bodies. The family is also un-able to produce sounds because they lack the "file and scraper" apparatus of other grashoppers. The Bush Locusts is known to damage crops.
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Grasshopper

Unread post by PhilQ » Wed Nov 09, 2005 5:00 pm

I have had another look at the creature and wonder whether it does not belong to the family of Phasmids, order Phasmatodea, which include the stick and leaf insects. Most often one encounters pictures of green leaf insects, but it is a large subfamily and some sources show brown leaf insects resembling dead leafs, e.g. link
and http://photographytips.com/page.cfm/5944. Anyone further ideas?
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Unread post by PhilQ » Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:41 am

With expert help the riddle what species this grasshopper is has now been resolved:
The grasshopper in your photo is indeed a member of the family Pamphagidae. It is a female of the genus Lobosceliana (unfortunately, it would be impossible to tell which species of Lobosceliana based on a picture alone.)
Species of this genus are highly sexually dimorphic, and while females are completely wingless, the males have long, leathery wings, and produce very loud stridulations.


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Insect: Green Milkweed Locust (phymateus viridipes)

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:53 am

Can someone please ID this grasshopper for me??
There are SO MUCH in the Walter Sisulu botanical Gardens - are they not harmfull to the plants there??
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:37 am

Hi Yolande,

Its an adult Green Milkweed Locust(phymateus viridipes)....They obviosly do eat plants, mainly that of the milkweed, where they seem to retain the poisons, and have known to be fatal if consumed...You'll notice when you handle them, they release a foam...which is where the poison is released. They won't be doing any considerable damage to the gardens.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:37 pm

Well thanks again Justin. My you do know a lot. :thumbs_up:
It is very interesting. They have beautifull underwing colours of blue and red. BUT I prefer watching them from ( very very) far!!!!
There are HUGE amounts in the gardens, and they seem rather clumsy when flying from tree top to tree top, and I am very sure that, if they land on me, I'd surely die on the spot!!! :big_eyes:
I am very afraid of them! When visiting the gardens last week, I was too afraid of going to the falls and stayed right at the entrance side watching the birds from there.
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Locust???

Unread post by alexandria » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:46 pm

:Can anyone identify this locust? taken in Dube Game Lodge near Brits 6\5\09. It seems to be carrying something in its mouth.

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Re: Locust???

Unread post by Imberbe » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:14 pm

It looks like the Green milkweed locust. Found mainly in grasslands but are known as a pest on citrus. It produces a toxic foam, and human fatalities after ingestion are known. It is known to form swarms and do migrate.
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Re: Locust???

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:49 pm

I agree with the id...........

alexandria wrote: It seems to be carrying something in its mouth.


It seems to be missing a head! :lol:
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by arks » Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:17 pm

Can anyone help with ID of this critter? Seen at Nieu Bethesda on 5 October 2009.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:27 am

A locust nymph...Have no refrences but possibly a milweed locust?!

Green Milk weed locust variation?!
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Re: Grasshoppers and locusts

Unread post by salamanda » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:51 pm

Can anyone ID this grasshopper for me?

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Re: Grasshoppers and locusts

Unread post by flying cheetah » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:00 pm

Does anybody know the exact scientific name of this grasshopper? Saw this fellow in KwaZuluNatal.

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