Taeniopoda auricornis

Golden-horned Lubber Grasshopper

Taeniopoda sp., Lubber Grasshopper image from Honduras

Family: Romaleidae

Subfamily: Romaleinae

Length: Males 30-51 mm. Females 41-57 mm


Taeniopoda species are found in Mexico and Central America, with one species only crossing into the far southwestern United States. Many of the species in this genus prefer arid habitats, but there are a number of exceptions, like the species shown here, photographed in and a damp habitat in Central America.

Taeniopoda auricornis is one of the more robust members of the genus, and is paler than most of its congeners. It typically has striking yellow antennae that are dark at the apices. The tegmina are usually yellow to olive with considerable dark spotting—the spots are "between the veins and veinlets". The apices of the tegmina may be dark or pale (Hebard, 1924).

Some of the synonyms of Taeniopoda auricornis commonly encountered in the older literature include T. centurio and T. pulchella.

Most published records of Taeniopoda auricornis have been from Mexico, from the states of Oaxaca, Vera Cruz, and Tamaulipas. Other countries with published records of the species include Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Photo data: 20 May 2009. Cuero y Salado Refuge, Atlántida, Honduras.

Determined by Dr. Carlos S. Carbonell, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.

Honduras Lubber Grasshopper, Taeniopoda sp., Romaleidae