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-Poekilocerus pictus    -   Indian Painted Locust




“Poekilocerus pictus belonging to Family Pyrogomorphinae (known for cryptic as well as bright colours hence called Gaudy Grasshoppers are also known for “Spear” shaped heads) is commonly known as Ak Grasshopper (and one of the many Painted Grasshoppers), and is one of the most colorful grasshoppers of India. The nymphs display spots of varied colours from yellow, orange to blue and green. The adults show yellow and blue striped on head and thorax, a bright red abdomen, green-yellow forewings and red hind wings which are seen only in flight. The adults grow to about 60mm and are capable of good flight.
The adults are generally seen post-monsoon and, if conditions are favorable, they swarm. The food plant for this is Calotropis sp., especially C. procera, however it is known to attack many crops (including C. gigantea – Giant Milkweed). The color in nymphs as well as adults is bright and warning and is explained due to the presence of toxic alkaloids present in Calotropis they feed on.
The eggs are laid in “pods” (each pod contains 70 – 200 eggs) during the monsoon months June to August, and the nymphs hatch around September. The nymphs are usually seen near Calotropis plants, and by October the adults are seen specifically on the food plant. I have no records of finding it in the months after monsoon, however literature says that eggs laid in the month of September to November that hatch in April – May, here the incubation period is longer than during monsoon months due to, perhaps, climatic conditions.
According to literature, the adults are also known to turn cannibalistic even in the presence of ample food – for reasons unknown!”







Brief Description


Distribution: tropical Asia (e.g. Pakistan, India, Burma Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia)

Stock from: Not known

Size: ♂: ca 50mm ♀: ca 70mm
General Care: 25-30°C, 60-80% rel. humidity

Feeding: bramble, rose, oak

Breeding: oviposition into substrate (humus.sand-soil), hatching after 3-5 month  Advice/Specifics: if disturbed they secrete a smelly foam (defense) at the sides of the pronotum

- Above the different development stages of  AULARCHES MILIARIS



- To the right a AULARCHES MILIARIS on a stamp from indonesia 



- Below a dried specimen .. 








Colorful Yellow Spotted Grasshopper Aularches miliaris






Brief Description


Distribution: Ecuador, Columbia

Stock from: Ecuador

Size: ♂:♀: ca 40 mm
General Care: 15-34°C, 70-80% rel. humidity

Feeding: Solanacea, Cestrum spp., buddleja (maybe not sufficient on the long term for reproduction etc.)

Breeding: oviposition into substrate (humus-sand-soil), hatching after 3 month

Advice/Specifics: needs sufficient ventilation






Brief Description

Distribution: Africa

Stock from: Tansania (Arusha)

Size: ♂:♀: ca 50 mm
General Care: 25-35°C, 60-70% rel. humidity

Feeding: bramble, Asclepias spp., bittersweet nightshade

Breeding: oviposition into substrate (humus-sand-soil)

Advice/Specifics: roost at night at more protected and humid places (e.g. under bark)














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Due to the large quantity of grasshoppers species and the new yearly discoveries we will shortlisted the famous and most colorful and strange shape of these creatures . yet this hobby is challenging  for the most of hobbyists .. 

GRASSHOPPER :  Introduction and general keeping information 


GRASSHOPPER SPECIES :  Page One   -  Page two  -   Page Three -  Page Four

GRASSHOPPER :  Introduction and general keeping information 


GRASSHOPPER SPECIES :  Page One   -  Page two  -   Page Three -  Page Four

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