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Species Mecas cineracea

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Classification
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'
Size
6-11 mm(1)
Identification
Uniformly pale pubescence, tarsal claw teeth of unequal length(1)
Range
Great Plains to AZ (AZ-TX-IL-ND) / n. Mex. - Map (2)(3)(4), most records reported from Texas
Habitat
common in roadside stands of Asteraceae in c. TX (2)
Food
Larvae feed in the stems of living Asteraceae. Adults have been collected sweeping many plants (5)
Remarks
Many historical records of ‘M. inornata’ likely refer to this species (3)
See Also
Almost identical to the slightly larger Mecas confusa, distinguished by having all tarsal claw teeth of equal length (1)
- Range: TX-KS and possibly further east
Det. L. E. Bezark, 1992
Print References
Casey, T.L. 1913. Further studies among the American Longicornia. Memoirs on the Coleoptera, 4: 193-400.
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.Biological and distributional observations on North American Cerambycidae (Coleoptera)
MacRae T.C., Rice M.E. 2007. Col. Bull. 61: 227–263.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
5.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.