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Elegant Grasshopper (Zonocerus elegans)

The beauty of this grasshopper is breath-taking, but it should not be taken lightly. Often bright colors in nature are used to show danger and this little insec...
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The beauty of this grasshopper is breath-taking, but it should not be taken lightly. Often bright colors in nature are used to show danger and this little insect is no different. Bright coloration will let any potential predator know that it is poisonous.
This grasshopper gets its toxicity from the plants that it eats and can contain a number of different poisons. Their coloration has been so successful in deterring predators, that because they have no real need to escape, the males have very underdeveloped wings. When they do jump they often come back down to earth very clumsily, landing on their backs or sides before trying to get back onto their feet. The females have much better developed wings which they need in order to find males with which to reproduce.
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ronjudyluv2travel Platinum
 
ronjudyluv2travel December 26, 2021
Sweet capture Joop! Amazing color definition!
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Joviaal December 27, 2021
Thank you. These are beautiful grasshoppers, and not afraid at all.
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NaturesBounty December 27, 2021
I have not seen a colorful grasshopper like that before. Thanks for the great photo and the explanation.
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Joviaal December 28, 2021
They are beautiful and not afraid at all.
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rixtportugal January 04, 2022
Wat heeft ie veel kleuren, die heb ik hier nog niet gezien. Prachtopname Joop👌
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Joviaal January 05, 2022
Dank je. Sprong gewoon op mijn hand en bleef keurig zitten voor de foto.
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melissajackson_0028 January 05, 2022
Wow! Absolutely AMAZING!!
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Joviaal January 07, 2022
Yes, Wonderful creature.
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831John January 07, 2022
Beautiful colours
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Joviaal January 07, 2022
Yes, Wonderful creature.
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Dhruthi369 January 20, 2022
I dont know why but Im laughing at the way its looking! 😅 Amazing capture .I think its rare to get this photo!
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Joviaal January 21, 2022
It was nice to have it on my hand.
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