Reports by FLAAR Mesoamerica
on Flora & Fauna of Parque Nacional Yaxha Nakum Naranjo
Peten, and Livingston, Guatemala, Central America

Annotated Bibliography on Taeniopoda species of large lubber grasshopper of Peten, Guatemala


Photo taken in a road from Parque Naranjo to Rio Holmul by Nicholas Hellmuth.

Friendly Insects in Parque Nacional Yaxha Nakum Naranjo, Peten, Guatemala

I must admit that I enjoy finding and studying the remarkable insects of the Yaxha national park. The first day we arrived for the first field trip (April 2018) my favorite GiANT cockroach, Blaberus giganteus was in one of the rooms: these huge cockroach-like creatures are frequently pictured on bowls, vases, and plates of the Late Classic ceramics.

Every month we find and photograph additional unusual insects, such as arboreal ants whose nests have stingless bee nests inside. Teco helped us find about nine such dual-occupancy arboreal ant nests around Yaxha.

Pretty butterflies are everywhere, especially the giant blue morpho butterfly. But the first week of July 2019 we found lots of butterflies sizes, shapes, and colors that we had not noticed in the park before. So this web page introduces them, a lupper grasshopper.


These large grasshoppers are armored better than any Superhero

What drew my attention to these grasshoppers, more than their substantial size, is the “armor” on many parts of their body.

At least three species of large “armored” grasshoppers can be found in Petén, Guatemala, according to De Jesús et al. (2017) and Hebard (1924):

  • Taeniopoda auricornis
  • Taeniopoda centurio
  • Taeniopoda obscura

Taeniopoda ståli Bruner has been documented for a part of El Salvador not far from Guatemala (Rowell and Behrstock 2012).

The family is Romaleidae.

Marcella Sarti estimates that the grasshopper we photographed around the Naranjo sector of the PNYNN in July was Taeniopoda obscura.


PDF, Articles, Books on Taeniopoda sp. of large solitary Grasshoppers


  • DE JESÚS-Bonilla Vladimir, BARRIENTOS-Lozano, Ludivina and Alejandro ZALDÍVAR-Riverón
  • 2017
  • Sequence-based species delineation and molecular phylogenetics of the transitional Neartic-Neotropical grasshopper genus Taeniopoda (Orthoptera, Romaleidae). Systematics and Biodiversity. Vol. 15, No. 6. Pages 600-617.

    Available online:




  • 2016
  • Edible insects of the world. CRC Press. 296 pages.


  • PAUL, Aman, FREDERICH, Michel, UYTTENBROECK, Roel, HATT, Séverin, MALIK, Priyanka, LEBECQUE, Simon, HAMAIDIA, Malik, MIAZEL, Krystian, GOFFIN, Dorothée, WILLEMS, Luc, DELEU, Magali, FAUCONNIER, Marie, RICHEL, Aurore, DE PAUW, Edwin, BLECKER, Christophe, MONTY, Arnaud, FRANCIS, Frederic, HAUBRUGE, Eric and Sabine DANTHINE
  • 2016
  • Grasshoppers as a food source? A review. Biotechnol. Agron. Soc. Environ. Vol. 20, No. S1. Pages 337-352.

    Available online:



  • ROWELL, C. H. F. and Robert A. BEHRSTOCK
  • 2012
  • Additions to the Acridoid Grasshopper Fauna of El Salvador. Journal of Orthoptera Research, 21(2): 235-243, Orthopterists' Society.

    Lists and has photograph of one species of Taeniopoda, Taeniopoda ståli Bruner. The photographs in this article are significantly better than in most research reports: each grasshopper is nicely illuminated in a natural way, in situ (on a leaf) and published at a nice size, in full color.



Suggested web pages
with photos and information on Taeniopoda sp.
Information of Taeniopoda auricornis.
Photos and map location of Taeniopoda auricornis.
Photos and map location of Taeniopoda centurio.
Photos and map location of Taeniopoda obscura.
Photos of Taeniopoda auricornis.
Photos of Taeniopoda obscura.



First posted August, 2019.
Bibliography prepared by Marcella Sarti, FLAAR Mesoamerica, Guatemala Text by Nicholas Hellmuth, FLAAR (USA)

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