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Horse Lubber Grasshopper

Taeniopoda eques

Description:

This picture shows a female displaying its defensive behaviour. When threatened this large grasshopper (about 8cm) produces a hissing sound and exposes its brightly coloured hind wings. In addition, it can also release a toxic substance. It advertises its unpalatability by bright yellow markings over a shiny black body. The black colour also seems to aid its thermoregulation, necessary to survive and reproduce in the cold winter nights in the desert.

Habitat:

Found in El Cimatario nature park, just outside Queretaro, in a semi arid region in central Mexico.


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2 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

My pleasure! Thanks for the nice words :-)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Great timing Felix! Thank you for the great notes and for sharing :)

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Querétaro, Mexico

Lat: 20.53, Long: -100.36

Spotted on Oct 23, 2016
Submitted on Oct 30, 2016

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