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Ol' Stinky by Rina Greeff

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A Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper nymph in our garden at Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
’n Stinksprinkaan-nimf in ons tuin op Jansenville.

Phymateus leprosus is one of the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers or Gaudy Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae. These locusts feed on highly toxic plants and usually congregate in large numbers on trees and shrubs, arranged in such a way as to resemble foliage.
Phymateus leprosus occurs in the wild bush and scrubland of the coastal belt of South Africa and at times invades farm lands, damaging citrus trees, pumpkins and other crops.
Both hoppers and adults emit an offensive smell when caught and are not eaten by birds. This offensive smell produced has earned it the Afrikaans name of ‘stink-sprinkaan’, which means Smelly Grasshopper.

Camera: CanonEOS 500D Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

My husband and I live in Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We both love nature, and therefore most of my subjects are the incredible wealth of fauna and flora in Southern Africa. I also write poetry in Afrikaans (one of the eleven official languages in South Africa) and often combine these poems with the photos I’ve taken. Thank you for stopping by!

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  • jozi1
    jozi1almost 2 years ago

    Similar to lubber grasshopper in florida ,they are destructive insects :)

  • They are ‘easier’ to control when moving in swarms: not a joy to see them in the veld or in one’s garden!

    – Rina Greeff

  • MotherNature
    MotherNaturealmost 2 years ago

    A very grand and colorful grasshopper! Congratulations on your feature in Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies – FAVE:>)

  • Thank you:delighted!!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisalmost 2 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?

    CONGRATULATIONS………… Johan

  • Thank you so much!!

    – Rina Greeff

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