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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
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.
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
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!!!
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.