Rainbow Milkweed Locust: A Real Toxic Beauty
Toxic and rainbows are typically two words that do not go together.
Meet the Rainbow Milkweed Locust a.k.a. Phymateus saxosus.
These beautiful creatures feature every color of the rainbow, and for good reason.
With a length of about 10 cm or so, these colorful creatures want to alarm predators by alerting them that they’ve got a whole lot of toxins flowing through those grasshopper veins.
Predators might want to think twice about eating this locust for dinner!
They carry the toxins through their body because they feed on milkweed plants, in addition to other toxic vegetation.
They are most popular in the land of Madagascar.