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Dactylotum bicolor

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by MrMatt, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. MrMatt

    MrMatt Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Just a beautiful hopper I photographed while walking. These have always amazed me and had to share.

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  2. Malhavoc's

    Malhavoc's Arachnoking Old Timer

    look almost painted, I wonder what purpose the colours serve
  3. What

    What Arachnoprince

    Hope you dont mind me sharing a photo I took a few yrs back, but here it is. Click for larger.

  4. MrMatt

    MrMatt Arachnoknight Old Timer

    The color is a warning to would be predator, they have poisonous/bitter properties obtained from the plants they eat (as is my understanding). The common name is rainbow or painted grasshopper very fitting as you noticed. They are smallish get between 3-4cm (the one pictured is about 3.5cm).
  5. MrMatt

    MrMatt Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Not at all. Lovely critters. More pictures the merrier ;)

    Here is a nymph my daughter found earlier this year,

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  6. Malhavoc's

    Malhavoc's Arachnoking Old Timer

    thank you for clarifying for me, and yes the common names usualy are obvious, it keeps it eaiser to go " ya know, that spider that chases ya for a mile and shootz lazors out of its eyes" 'oh you mean a solfugid"

    anyway *grins*

    that is fascinating I always did llike the various defene mechanisms against predators, I was truely stunned when the chemicles lady bugs emplore will even deter jumping spiders! however, less so the spiders that employ web to catch their prey
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  7. MrMatt

    MrMatt Arachnoknight Old Timer

    hehehe I love that.
  8. Violet

    Violet Arachnosquire

    Those are some intense colours, real eye candy.