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Genus Mecidea - Narrow Stink Bug

Mecidea sp - Mecidea minor Stinkbug Nymph 2 - Mecidea Narrow Stinkbug? - Mecidea major bug 28 - Mecidea unknown plant bug (Miridae) - Mecidea Narrow Stink Bug, #1, ventral - Mecidea major - male Narrow Stink Bug, #1, ventralX - Mecidea major - male Narrow Stink Bug? - Mecidea
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. Proc. USNM 102: 471-505.