Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rhomalea eques H. Burmeister
, 1838. Described from Zimapan, Hidalgo, Mexico
Taeniopoda burmeisteri Bolívar, 1901. Described from Mexico
Taeniopoda picticornis Bolívar, 1901. Described from Ventanas, Durango, Mexico
Taeniopoda eques (Burmeister) Kirby, 1910
Explanation of Names
eques is Latin for "(horse) rider, knight, horse and rider"
The bright lines on the head make it look from the side like a horse's head with a bridle, and the overall effect is reminiscent of the armor, harness and other equipment on a medieval knight's horse- which probably explains both the common and scientific names.
Large and shiny, mostly black. Hind margin of pronotum and forewing veins in yellow. Hindwings red with black borders. (1)
There is a yellowish form (sometimes a bit greenish or a bit orangey) that has black markings on a light background, but the body shape, large size, and red wings still make it unmistakable. This form seems to be very rare in the U.S., but is locally more common in northeastern Mexico. A photo of one such may be seen on the Birdspiders.com web site here
Southern Arizona and New Mexico and west Texas, down through Mexico to Costa Rica. (1)
Desert shrub and oak areas. Also found around mesquite. (1)
Various shrubs, broadleaf weeds, and dead insects. (1)
Too bulky to properly fly, though long-winged males can coast a short distance. Males make clicking sound apparently with wings. (1)
Capinera, p. 150 and plate 32. (1)