Painted Grasshopper- Dactylotum bicolor:
Painted Grasshopper (Poekilocerus pictus) on Crown flower plant.
Multi-colored Gaudy grasshoppers feasting Crown flower plant leaves.
“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 colourful grasshoppers of India. Took at Chennai, TN India in a thickly wooded area.
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 fore wings and red hind wings which are seen only in flight. The adults grow to about 60 mm and are capable of good flight.