ELEGANT GRASSHOPPER

The Elegant Grasshopper (Zonocerus elegans) reaches a length of around 5 cm. Its vivid colouration is so successful in deterring predators that these grasshoppers have no real need to escape – hence the underdeveloped wings. The Elegant Grasshopper also relies on its accumulated toxins for protection from predators, producing a yellow liquid through its exoskeleton. Although pretty to look at, these grasshoppers are considered a pest by farmers as they attack various crops such as soya beans, cotton and groundnuts.

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