The beauty enjoying the beauty of nature..
the hooded grasshopper, teratodes monticollis. native to sri lanka and india, it has a nice green color and an expansion on its pronotum (the upper portion of the first segment of the thorax) that resembles a hood, hence the name. the border of the hood is marked by a nice yellow stripe, making it even more beautiful.
despite its beauty, however, the hooded grasshopper is not a lovely insect. it is known as a pest that attacks the sandalwood, feeding on its leaves. nevertheless, i could not find any work on the ecology or the management of this peculiar creature. there is much to be done.