Painted Grasshopper (Nymph)
Poekilocerus pictus is a large brightly coloured grasshopper found in the Indian subcontinent. Nymphs of the species are notorious for squirting a jet of liquid The grasshopper feeds on the poisonous plant Calotropis gigantea.
Upon slight pinching of the head or abdomen, the half-grown immature form ejects liquid in a sharp and sudden jet, with a range of two inches or more, from a dorsal opening between the first and second abdominal segments. The discharge is directed towards the pinched area and may be repeated several times. The liquid is pale and milky, slightly viscous and bad-tasting, containing cardiac glycosides that the insect obtains from the plant it feeds upon.up to several inches away when grasped