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Posted 11 April 2016 - 11:11 AM

@PHALANX I've merged your topic with a previous one. Matt


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Posted 12 April 2016 - 09:14 AM

 

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Grasshopper's Perspective

 
The bright green grasshopper stood out from the rocky soil surface. How did such an incongruous insect end up in such a barren patch, where it was vulnerable to any predator with color vision?

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I believe your grasshopper is one of the several species of "Foam Grasshoppers" from the Family Pyrgomorphidae.  It is most likely a Phymateus sp. "Milkweed Locust".  The reason it has no fear of predators out in the open is that it is highly toxic because of its diet - Milkweed (Asclepias fruticosa), and poisonous Solanum spp.  They produce a foul smelling foam as a defence as well as showing off aposematic colouration when in flight.


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Posted 12 April 2016 - 09:26 AM

@Tom Kellie

I believe your grasshopper is one of the several species of "Foam Grasshoppers" from the Family Pyrgomorphidae.  It is most likely a Phymateus sp. "Milkweed Locust".  The reason it has no fear of predators out in the open is that it is highly toxic because of its diet - Milkweed (Asclepias fruticosa), and poisonous Solanum spp.  They produce a foul smelling foam as a defence as well as showing off aposematic colouration when in flight.

 

~ @armchair bushman

 

Thank you for the clarification and additional information.

 

It was so brightly green that it stood out in an otherwise monotonous landscape.

 

Definitely a highlight of the walk at the Emakoko conducted by @Peter Muigai. and his friend, Evans.

 

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:17 AM

In Selinda, last month.

 

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Golden silk orb-weaver.

 

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:21 AM

In Hwange, last month!

 

Yellow Pansy.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:32 AM

Ruaha, in 2014.

 

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:30 AM


Edited by Game Warden, 20 April 2016 - 08:33 AM.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:32 AM

@ice You just need to put the Youtube link in, not the embed code...


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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:33 AM

@Game Warden

 

so I noticed, even before you mentioned it ;-)

 

however, I would still like to find out how to embed the video so that you do see its preview picture and not simply the link


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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:35 AM

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:37 AM

Pop that as a question in the Help subforum, thanks, Matt


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Posted 20 April 2016 - 09:08 AM

it has already been asked and answered there, I just didn't find it at first


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Posted 20 April 2016 - 12:22 PM

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Posted 14 May 2016 - 05:13 PM

This is a species of hummingbird moth from Ghana - @godfried and I call it "the flying lobster" :D

 

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Posted 14 May 2016 - 05:23 PM

And this one is a Splendrous Hornet (actually two, mating and eating at the same time?)  I love the name, how poetic :-)

 

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 10:01 AM

@Abena your last 2 posts are spectacular; extraordinary creatures. 

 

This whole thread is really fascinating and informative so thanks to everyone who has posted in it so far.



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 05:24 PM

A very bad picture of a Dragonfly:

 

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 06:39 PM

A slightly better photo of a dragonfly:

 

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