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Elegant Grasshopper

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Elegant Grasshopper (Zonocerus elegans), a short-winged and flightless grasshopper found throughout much of Africa south of the Sahara as well as on Sibuya Game Reserve. They are sometimes also referred to as Rainbow Locusts. They are apparently slow and clumsy, relying primarily on their accumulated toxins for protection from predators. The toxins make them taste bad, although apparently not bad enough to make them inedible for humans. We found numerous references suggesting they are eaten in various parts of Africa.

Insects in particular use colours for protection as their predators, such as birds and other insects, have colour vision.

(Photo taken by Ranger Pablo)

Account Holder: Sibuya Game Reserve & Lodge (Pty) Ltd
Bank Name: NEDBANK
Branch Code: 198765
Account Number: 1 156 708 079
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ