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Species Mecas cineracea

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)
Subfamily Lamiinae (Flat-faced Longhorns)
Tribe Phytoeciini
Genus Mecas
Species cineracea (Mecas cineracea)
Explanation of Names
Mecas cineracea Casey 1913
cineracea = 'ashy'
6-11 mm(1)
Uniformly pale pubescence, tarsal claw teeth of unequal length(1)
Great Plains to AZ (AZ-TX-IL-ND) / n. Mex. (2)(3)(BG data)
common in roadside stands of Asteraceae in c. TX (2)
Larvae feed in the stems of living Asteraceae. Adults have been collected sweeping many plants (4)
Many historical records of ‘M. inornata’ likely refer to this species (3)
See Also
Almost identical to the slightly larger M. confusa (TX-KS and possibly further east), distinguished by having all tarsal claw teeth of equal length (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
2.The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey (Coleoptera)
Hovore F.T., Penrose R.L., Neck R.W. 1987. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 44: 283-334.
3.Distributional and biological observations on North American Cerambycidae (Coleoptera)
MacRae T.C., Rice M.E. 2007. The Coleopterists Bulletin 61(2): 227–263.
4.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.