Elegant Grasshopper - Zonocerus elegans | ©LAMPSHELL (Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa)
This striking colored African grasshopper, Zonocerus elegans (Orthoptera - Pyrgomorphidae), reaches up to 50 mm in length, and may or may not have fully developed wings. The head is black with yellow spots and stripes, orange eyes, and antennae alternately striped in black and orange. The prothorax is blue-grey with yellow endings, and the abdomen is striped in yellow, black and blue. The wings are mostly reddish.
This aposematic coloring advertise the unpleasant smell, and presumably taste, of the body of this grasshopper .
The elegant grasshopper, Zonocerus elegans, occurs in large numbers in Kilosa district, in Tanzania, during the dry season June to January and attacks a wide range of wild and crop plants .