Friday, October 30, 2009

Summer of 2009: Rainforest 3

More insects of Orthoptera and Homoptera. These vegetarians are easily found in bushes and big trees.

A common and odd-looking grasshopper in tropical forest, Erianthus dohrni Bolivar

This one missed a leg, nevertheless, it is good at flying. It’s the same species with the above one but in different color.

common locust in the forest

another species in the bush

How marvelous the froghopper is! The nymph make a lot of foam, like saliva spitted by someone at plant, and hide itself in it for protection.

Saiva gemmata (Westwood,1848). I’ve never seen this kind of insect before, which is often called “chicken” in China. I don’t know why.

a big one of Ricaniidae

To be continued


  1. Ming--these are gorgeous! I love that first grasshopper image, that is the craziest looking grasshopper I've ever seen. The "chicken" is a gorgeous insects, lovely colors! It is so wonderful to see the diversity of insects from other countries. We tend to get "used to" our own native species and they seem to loose that sense of awe for us at times.

  2. What interesting looking creatures! In the first one, what are those extra green things sticking up? (it's not the wings -it doesn't seem to be legs, so...what is it?) I like also the chicken - the pattern on the wings reminds me of the peacock:) Great posts, Mingfei!

  3. WOW!! That first grasshopper is very unusual Mingfei. I do love the colors of the froghopper and the Saiva gemmata is amazing.

    This is another fantastic post. Thanks for sharing.

  4. RE:MObugs
    I totally agree with you. That's why I would like to show you these Chinese species though foreign insects especially those from other continents are more attractive to me. So happy you like it!

  5. RE:jeannette stgermain
    Thanks. The green things you mentioned are indeed its hind legs, one of which was what the second grasshopper missed as I noted. They are much stronger than others for powerful jumping.

  6. RE:SAPhotographs (Joan)
    It seems that every one votes to the first one, LOL! It's indeed a bizarre insect!

  7. Rather nice blog you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.