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Horse Lubber (Taeniopoda eques)

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Order: Orthoptera (or-THOP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Romaleidae
Genus: Taeniopoda
Species: eques

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Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
El Paso, Texas

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Member Notes:

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Positive franj On Oct 17, 2007, franj from Tucson, AZ wrote:

One of the largest (2.5 to 3.5 inches long) and most colorful grasshoppers I have come across in Arizona, Taeniopoda eques is native from Arizona to Texas and south into Mexico. It feeds on desert shrubs including Mesquite and can be somewhat destructive. I've yet to find any info about it's common name, "Horse Lubber".

Only the males have wings large enough to fly and they are clumsy flyers at best. But if you happen to spot a male in flight (and I have, this one is male) you are treated to a display of fluttering scarlet wings that immediately grabs your attention.

Adults emerge anywhere from August to November, feed, mate and die. Eggs overwinter in the ground and will not hatch in drier years. It is reported the adults will exude a foul smelling foam when disturbed and apparently don't taste too good either. It's only known predator is itself. As adults die off, the remaining living adults will cannibalize them.

I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph this one both living and dead. And consider myself blessed to have come so close to such a beautiful creature.

Neutral tucsonjill On Jan 1, 2009, tucsonjill from Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a) wrote:

I have mixed feelings about these guys. Probably the most attractive grasshopper I've ever seen, but also voracious. They decimated my rain lilies in no time at all.


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