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Milkweed Locust (Phymateus morbillosus) by Johanna26

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This devilishly handsome insect is the Common Milkweed Locust (Phymateus morbillosus) and it reaches lengths of 60-72 mm. As there name suggests, these large locusts prefer to feed on the milkweed plant Asclepias fruticosus. Its vivid coloration serves as a warning sign to all predators that it’s not going to make a tasty lunch. Feeding on the milkweed plant allows it to absorb toxins into its body that can be poisonous to other hungry creatures.
While it may not be the most appetizing of snacks, it sure is a beautiful thing!

Photo was taken at the African Game Lodge in the Karoo, S.Africa
Nikon D5100, lens 28-300mm f/5.6; 1/800; iso 125
Thanks for looking ..

Featured in:
Closeups in Nature
African Art & Photography
Winged Insects Group
Indigenous to East & Southern Africa Group

I live in the Netherlands and art is very special to me, especially sculpture, photography and digital art and web design. I am an amateur photographer and still have a great deal to learn. I have no special style, as I like everything .
I have been working with CS and Corel PSP for many years .
Thanks for looking ….

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  • Carmen Holly
    Carmen Hollyover 1 year ago

    Great shot of the BIG bug. I had such a fun time to steampunk it. Thank you for sharing it with me.

  • Ooh yes I saw it Carmen … and I love the way you did it … thanks for looking at this one…uughh
    nice coloring but it remains a BUG ….loll

    – Johanna26

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    Fantastically detailed image, Johanna

  • Thanks ever so much Shulie for your most kind reaction, much appreciated …Johanna

    – Johanna26

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    11 April 2013.

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  • Hello Elizabeth.. Again I must thank you for this great feature … a lovely surprise and ever so
    appreciated….. xoxo Johanna

    – Johanna26

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 1 year ago


  • Hi Anna, I had never seen one either … it was amazing to see this and with these stunning colors…
    I sure was glad I had my camera handy …thanks for your lovely comment ….xoxo Johanna

    – Johanna26

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    2013/04/11 2 per day

  • Thank you Magaret for including my image … Johanna

    – Johanna26

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you David for including my work … Johanna

    – Johanna26

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Awesome shot Johanna!

  • Many thanks Roy for your lovely comment …. xoxo Johanna

    – Johanna26

  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhrover 1 year ago

  • Many thanks Jeanette for including my work ..

    – Johanna26

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Excellent clarity of these colorful guys!!!

  • Many thanks Vigor for your great comment ….sorry for the late reply ..

    – Johanna26

  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhrover 1 year ago

  • Thanks ever so much for this great feature Jeanette and my apologies for my late reply…
    kind greetings, Johanna

    – Johanna26

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