Xiphiola cyanoptera

Blue-winged Sword-bearer

Xiphiola cyanoptera photo, the Blue-winged Sword-bearer, French Guiana photo

Family: Acrididae

Subfamily: Ommatolampidinae

Length: insect in the photo 31 mm


Genus Xiphiola (2 species) is found from Colombia to French Guiana, south to near Rio de Janiero and to Paraguay, and west to the environs of Lake Titicaca.  These grasshoppers favor dark, dense forests, and are often found perched on low vegetation.

The species X. cyanoptera has been reported from Venezuela, Ecuador, northern Brazil, and French Guiana.

Photo data: 2 June 2011. Réserve naturelle Trésor, French Guiana.

Determined by: Dra. Kátia Matiotti, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul.

Xiphiola cyanoptera image from Guyane (French Guiana)