Was at my farm at Shahapur on Sunday. A Coffee Locust was feeding on the leaves of my Glory Lilies [though not captured in the photographs].
It is found in large numbers on coffee estates, hence the common name. When handled it emits a liquid from thoracic pores that froths and emits an unpleasant odour - this along with its bright colours serves a protective function.
--- On Wed, 8/25/10, mani nair <mani....@gmail.com> wrote: