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Genus Mecidea - Narrow Stink Bug

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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
3 spp. (of which one adventive) in our area, 4 spp. in the New World, 19 spp. total(1)
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)
M. major IL-KS to TX-AZ; FL (Previously known from a single 1988 record, specimens from a population of Mecidea collected from cultivated Cenchrus setaceus in St. Petersburg was submitted to FSCA and identified as this species. More surveying may reveal the extent of this species' establishment in Florida.) -AWM
M. minor IA-SD to TX-CA;
M. longula FL (native to West Indies)(1)
grass feeders including sideoats grama + some records on Asteraceae(2)
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. Proc. USNM 102: 471-505.