Zonocerus elegans (Elegant grasshopper)
Canon EOS 400D Macro setting.
Came across this beauty when I went for a wander up to the shed after lunch.
Although amazing to look at, this Southern African grasshopper rather enjoys munching poisonous plants. It then sequesters the toxins as a defense against predators.
They also secrete a foul-smelling yellow goo when handled. Most things won’t touch them. Of course, I knew none of this when I blithely picked it up and began snapping away! Fortunately for moi, this one was very well-mannered. It must be my innate charm.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
However their poison isn’t a defense against everything.
I read that the Pedi people of South Africa, for example, traditionally enjoyed them as a relish with porridge. Have no idea how they avoided the toxins and couldn’t find any more info either.
After the photo shoot, I extended my hand and our Jazzy Grasshopper went“Boing” and leapt into a patch of succulents.
So there you go.
Another“First”as far as this species is concerned, and one more to add to my list of Photographed Fauna at The Ark’s spot..