Elegant grasshopper

Elegant grasshopper

Zonocerus elegans – by far the most handsome grasshopper in the area. It has incredible colouration but as is often the case with brightly coloured creatures it is warning you not to touch or eat it. It’s diet consists of a wide variety of poisonous plants and it stores these toxins to use as a defense against predators. If touched it produces a yellowish liquid which stinks – apparently they don’t taste too good either and most animals avoid them.


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