Poekilocerus bufonius (Klug)
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|Bicycle travels in Jordan:|
I found this strange Usher Hopper, Poekilocerus bufonius (Klug), Kegelkopfschrecke, Pyrgomorphidae, at the outlet of Wadi Karak.
The distribution ranges from Syria to Egypt and NW Saudi Arabia. There is at least another species of Poekilocerus, P. arabicus, to be found in the Middle East, but not in Jordan. The genus Poekilocerus belongs to the family of highly colorful species that can be found in tropical regions around the world. This animal announced its non-patability by a yellowish secretion. Its preferred food are Milkweed plants, and the animal seems to harbour some of the bitter ingredients of the plants in its hemolymph.
ID: A.Katbeh-Bader, 2001 "Acridoidae (Orthoptera) of Jordan" in: Zoology in the Middle East.
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