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How the colourful koppie foam grasshopper sheds its skin

This summer I had the chance to watch nymphs of the koppie foam grasshoppers moulting their exoskeletons. I have been keeping an eye on the juvenile grasshoppers as they congregated in greater numbers this season than usual. Continue reading “How the colourful koppie foam grasshopper sheds its skin”

Weekly Photo Find: Colourfully toxic grasshopper

This week’s find is a photo of one of a range of colourful foam grasshoppers that occur in Africa. If threatened, foam grasshoppers can produce a toxic foam that can be fatal to even a large animal that is foolish enough to eat one. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Colourfully toxic grasshopper”

But is it art?

The invitation in the Weekly Photo Challenge is to show us something cheeky “go find a little irreverence in your world”. Continue reading “But is it art?”

Peek performance

This gaudy grasshopper is spectacular enough on its own, but peeking over the petals of an agapanthus flower it made quite a show. Continue reading “Peek performance”

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