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Family: Pyrgomorphidae (gaudy grasshoppers)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Polyneoptera > Anartioptera > Orthopterida > Orthoptera

Foaming grasshopper Dictyophorus spumans (photo. H. Robertson).

Zonocerus elegans, photographed in Eastern Transvaal (photo. N. Larsen).

Phymateus leprosus, photographed in Eastern Cape (photo. N. Larsen).

Phymateus morbillosus, photographed at Klipheuwel, Western Cape.

Pyrgomorphids are usually very colourful grasshoppers, the bright colours warning predators that they are poisonous (called aposematic colouration).

 

 

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