Taeniopoda eques (Burmeister)

Adult

Common name: HORSE LUBBER.

Size: 38-64 mm.

General distribution: Arizona, E. to Texas, S. to Costa Rica.

Distribution in New Mexico: Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Desert grassland and creosote desert.

Host: Shrubs, forbs, grass, carrion; cannibalistic.

Adults Present: August-November.

Notes: Large, short-winged lubber; black with yellow or orange markings; tegmina with network of yellow veins; hind wings rose-red with black borders; hiss when disturbed; often seen crossing highways; males can fly. Occasionally destructive, but feed mostly on desert shrubs.

Reference: Helfer 1953, Rehn and Grant 1961.

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