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Dressed to kill 2 by Deryck

Dressed to kill 2


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23.02.2011 at 19:28h
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F5.6, 1/320, ISO100, 200mm

This frightening looking grasshopper was just a couple leaves away from the one I uploaded previously.
I had a hard time identifying it, but eventually I was informed that this is a colour variation of the Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the previous picture

Koppie Foam Grasshopper - or Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper
Dictyophorus spumans,

The warning colouration or aposematic colouration is designed to warn predators that this grasshopper should not be eaten. The adult foam grasshoppers feed on milkweed and other similar plants. The milkweed contains a toxic substance. The grasshoppers ingest these toxins which they exude in a foam for their own protection when threatened. Human and animal fatalities are known to have occurred from ingesting these grasshoppers.


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Mark Billiau., 23.02.2011 at 19:43h

Another great macro shot of this amazingly coloured grasshopper !
Very well done, Deryck !


viola d, 23.02.2011 at 20:08h

I believe different coloration does have some meanig for the grasshoppers themselves, only people do not understand what it is. Amazing little creatures. Thank you, Deryck, for these beautiful pictures. Viola

Vjdj2, 23.02.2011 at 20:20h

A beautiful shot!!! Greetings, vj

Adele Oliver, 23.02.2011 at 20:36h

How interesting that they should both be coloured differently - still, this one too does not look very inviting for predators to eat .... but beautiful for us to look at. Well captured, Deryck!!!
greetings, Adele

JOKIST, 23.02.2011 at 20:46h

**** Fantastisch ****

LG Ingrid und Hans

Irca Caplikas, 23.02.2011 at 20:49h



Vera M. Shulga, 23.02.2011 at 21:25h

Another awesome grasshopper!
Very beautiful!

Angelika El., 23.02.2011 at 22:03h

Also a great shot of these so fine coloured grasshopper!!!


Fons van Swaal, 23.02.2011 at 22:52h

Well exposed my friend....;-))

Ilidio Fernandes, 23.02.2011 at 23:19h

Excellent !!

Christian Rocher, 24.02.2011 at 8:37h

une belle image bien composer
avec une belle douceur

Angelika Ritter, 24.02.2011 at 9:59h

i never got one on the card.
well done.
lg angie

s. sabine krause, 24.02.2011 at 10:08h

they are so fascinating! glad to hear that this fiery little guy here is "just" a color variation and not the viscious female of the one shown previously ; )). have to admit that i like the blue-and-red version more, as it seems SO unusual to me! another great shot, though! apparently they really konw how to work those feelers, as this one has them almost touch the leaf in a horizontal manner… greetings, sabine.

Alfredo Mazzoni, 24.02.2011 at 14:45h

Eccellente il contrasto dei colori, bella e ben tagliata questa makro!!! Cari saluti
Greetings, Alfredo

Sabine Suess, 24.02.2011 at 20:28h

A great work. I like very much!
Kind regards

Inez Correia Marques, 24.02.2011 at 20:47h

Oh dear! I would have never done this photo. i am so sared of them

But a wonderful macro deryck .. kiss

dirk van Appeldorn, 25.02.2011 at 8:25h

this guy really looks dangerous

DRAGA PUC, 25.02.2011 at 21:51h


Astrid Gast, 26.02.2011 at 22:31h

Der sieht richtig "gefährlich" aus,
noch nie gesehen und bin total begeistert davon!

Liebe Grüße

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