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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Elegant Grasshopper

A while back I posted an article on this Interesting Black Ball which I found.
It turned out to be the nymphs of the Elegant Grasshopper (Zonocerus elegans). One brood of eggs are laid per year in the autumn and remain in the ground for 6 months until spring.
They are large and become pests of cotton, cocoa, coffee and many other crops. They can emit a yellow, nauseating fluid when disturbed. Livestock avoid eating bushes infested with this species.
The above photograph is of a young male which does not yet have his full colors as below. They will produce sounds during aggressive interaction.

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