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Species Dectes texanus

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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 Acanthocinini
Genus Dectes
Species texanus (Dectes texanus)
Explanation of Names
Dectes texanus LeConte 1862
Size
5-11 mm(1)
Identification
Per Lingafelter (2007), D. texanus: outer apex of femora dark reddish-brown to black, tarsi unicolorous, lower eye lobe usually subequal to genal (cheek) area below it. (2)
Range
e. US to AZ / n. Mex. (1)(3)
Season
mostly Jun-Aug (BG data)
Food
larvae are stem borers of Ambrosia, Gaillardia, Helianthus, Solidago (Asteraceae) and many other herbaceous plants. (2)
Remarks
fairly common(1)
See Also
Per Lingafelter (2007), D. sayi: outer apex of femora gray, tarsi basally pale, lower eye lobe usually shorter than genal (cheek) area below it. (2)
Print References
LeConte, J.L. 1862. Note on the classification of Cerambycidae, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 14: 38-43.
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