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Poekilocerus bufonius (Klug)

Poekilocerus bufonius (Klug)
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-03-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H10, Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 28-200 mm
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-10-29 3:57
Viewed: 901
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-10-29 10:23]

Hello Dietrich,
What a chunky and beautifully colored hopper you have presented to us. Quite a bit different from the ones we have here in Ohio. Nicely focused and displaying very good detail. I rarely see grasshoppers sitting on open gravel like this, the ones around here are usually in the grassy fields. Well done!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-10-29 14:47]

Hi Dietrich,this is very lucky meeting,a rare usher hopper,very fresh of identification too as i can read in your note,made just 16 years ago. A beautiful capture from above that seems an excellent camouflage,very well done and thanks for the map. Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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