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Genus Mecidea - Narrow Stink Bug

Bug - Mecidea Creature on silver bluestem 1529 - Mecidea major Stink Bug? - Mecidea minor Mirid? - Mecidea Pentatomidae: Mecidea? - Mecidea  Mecidea major (Narrow Stink Bug) - Mecidea Hemiptera - Mecidea Mecidea - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Pentatomoidea
Family Pentatomidae (Stink Bugs)
Subfamily Pentatominae
Tribe Mecideini
Genus Mecidea (Narrow Stink Bug)
Explanation of Names
Mecidea Dallas 1851
Numbers
3 spp. (of which one adventive) in our area, 4 spp. in the New World, 19 spp. total(1)
Identification
can be recognized within the Pentatomidae by the presence on the abdominal venter of a longitudinal band of striations on the basal 3 or more segments(1)
Range
M. major IL-KS to TX-AZ;
M. minor IA-SD to TX-CA;
M. longula FL (native to West Indies)(1)
Food
grass feeders including sideoats grama + some records on Asteraceae(2)
Remarks
the only New World representative of the tribe Mecideini(1)
Print References
Sailer, R.I. 1952. A review of the stink bugs of the genus Mecidea. Proceedings of the USNM 102(3309): 471-505.