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The bright colours of the Blistered Pyrgomorph (Monistria pustulifera) are a warning to potential predators, that pyrgomorphs are poisonous to eat.

A flightless grasshopper, the Blistered Pyrgomorph move so little, that their entire life cycle can be completed under a single bush.

Images © Greg Sully

See our Fauna Index for more information on the Blistered Pyrgomorph.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Orthoptera
  • Family: Pyrgomorphidae
  • Genus: Monistria
  • Species: M. pustulifera
  • Binomial name: Monistria pustulifera