Sunday, August 11, 2013

So much more than just a locust

Everything has a proper name although as far as the animal kingdom goes us humans often just refer to them by the "overarching" or general name.  That was the case when I found this locust at Brakkeduine close to Oyster Bay west of Port Elizabeth.  It was just a locust.  But I started wondering what kind of locust as to not look too stupid when I do my post.  Where to start? Well, when it comes to insects I go straight to the Bug Lady, Joan Shaw.  And I was correct.  It wasn't just a locust.  It was a Green Milkweed Locust (Phymateus leprosus) of the Family Pyrgomorphidae.  Shows you what I know.  Thanks Joan.

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  1. Joan definitely knows her bugs. Her and I saw these on our way to Nieu-Bethesda.

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  2. What an interesting looking creature! Well done on finding out it's proper name ... we all learnt something from you and Joan :)

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    1. There is very little Joan doesn't know about bugs. Wish I can spend time with her in the veld.

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