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Good looking Orthoperan
Dear bugman, last year I sent in an unidentified Katydid from texas.
2007/05/29/truncated-true-katydid-not-unknown- shieldback-katydid/
You did so much legwork tracking down people to get me that information that I figured I should return the favor with this shot of another Orthopteran. I’ve taken an entomology course since then and I am fairly sure he’s a Lubber grasshopper (Family Romaleidae). He was enjoying some Mayan ruins near Merida, Mexico.
He was about three inches long, and a slow mover.
Best, Dave
Mayan Ruins outside Yaxunah, Mexico

Lubber Grasshopper from Mexico

Lubber Grasshopper from Mexico

Hi Dave,
We agree that this looks like a Lubber Grasshopper, but we don’t recognize the species. Perhaps one of our readers will provide a comment with the correct identification.  It really is a comely specimen.

Update:  August 5, 2012
In trying to clean up some old unidentified postings, we now believe this is one of the Dragon Lubber Grasshoppers in the genus
Dracotettix, based on photos posted to BugGuide.

Update:  December 18, 2012
We just received a comment indicating a belief that this Grasshopper is a different species of Lubber: 
Taeniopoda reticulata.  We looked at the links provided in the comment and we concur, and we also located this Encyclopedia of Life image to support the correction. 

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Location: Mexico

3 Responses to Lubber Grasshopper from Mexico

  1. ForestDragon says:

    Hi,
    I know this is an old post but I feel like this grasshopper is more likely from Genus Taeniopoda. The physical appearance looks very similar. I feel that it doesn’t match the appearance of the Dragon Lubbers as much.
    See here:
    http://www.americaninsects.net/o/taeniopoda-auricornis.html
    http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bestand:Taeniopoda_reticulata.jpg
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thanissaro/3647669046/
    Thanks for your consideration.
    -Tamar

    • bugman says:

      Thank you for the comment. After looking at your links, we concur that this appears to be Taeniopoda reticulata and we have updated the posting based on your comment.

  2. kmaxtli says:

    I think its Taeniopoda obscura. By black coloration and the most robust pronotum of the Taeniopoda genus, and the distribution in the Yucatan peninsula.

    T. reticulata are distributed in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

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