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Lobosceliana Grasshopper
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Elephant Plains
Greater Kruger National Park

I saw this grasshopper while on safari in Elephant Plains, a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. It sat for quite a few minutes motionless on the ground, a few meters from the car I was in. Obviously one could not get out of the car, so I could not have a better look at it. All I could do was take a photograph from a distance with a high-powered lens. I suspected it was a member of the large family of Phasmatodeae, which include the stick and leaf insects. However, on the Kruger forum it was suggested to me that this was a member of the Pamphagidae family. I asked an expert who gave the final answer:

«The grasshopper in your photo is indeed a member of the family Pamphagidae. It is a female of the genus Lobosceliana (unfortunately, it would be impossible to tell which species of Lobosceliana based on a picture alone.) Species of this genus are highly sexually dimorphic, and while females are completely wingless, the males have long, leathery wings, and produce very loud stridulations.»

This is a good opportunity to point out the beauty of these insects. Do go and have a look at the weblinks suggested below, because you will see beautiful photographs.

Out of Africa
MP van Veen (in Dutch)
Bio Images of grasshoppers, crickets and cockroaches
Links to other websites

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