Creature Feature V: Painted Grasshoppers

Here is the next installment of Creature Feature! The subject for this month is a grasshopper we came across frequently when doing fieldwork in Kutch in 2013. Though the piece focuses on its association with milkweed, we also found the insect on other plants that produce toxic sap, like this euphorb:

Painted grasshopper on euphorb
Painted grasshopper on euphorb

Here is the nymph of this grasshopper, I think. Not quite as colourful, but still striking.

IMG_2531And saving best for last, here’s a video of the grasshopper munching on milkweed!


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