It is found throughout August on the cactus on which it feeds. It is heavy and sluggish, generally still by day, nestled among the cactus thorns, with the front legs and the long antennae stretched forward onto the plant's surface, parallel to each other. To escape predators it would rather drop from the cactus than take flight. It is more active at night, when it feeds and moves about.
When the thorax is pinched, the insect squirts a slimy yellow fluid from two slits on the dorsal surface of the mesothorax, with a range of three to four inches. One aperture may discharge at first, and the other after the insect is pinched again. Some fluid also oozes out from other apertures over the body and legs, and also from the stumps of broken-off legs.
- Poecilocerus pictus, another squirting grasshopper.
- Aularches miliaris, a foam-squirting grasshopper from Myanmar.
- Tegra novaehollandiae, liquid-oozing grasshopper.
- Bombardier beetle, that squirts a boiling mixture.
- R. W. G. Hingston (1927). "The liquid-squirting habit of oriental grasshoppers". Transactions of the Entomological Society of London. 75 (1): 65–69. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2311.1927.tb00060.x.
- (2013) Parasanaa donovani (Donovan 1834) from Orthoptera Species File (OSF) Online. Accessed on 2013-01-29.
- Donovan (1834), Nat. Repos. volume 2. As cited on its entry in ZipcodeZoo.com.
- Weswood (1848) color drawing. Via the OSF; Accessed on 2013-01-29.
- Hingston (1927) schematic drawing showing fluid exudation openings. Via the OSF; Accessed on 2013-01-29.