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Species Mecidea major

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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)
Species major (Mecidea major)
Explanation of Names
Mecidea major Sailer 1952
Size
9.5-12.7 mm(1)
Identification
spiracles often darkened (1)

males have elongated second antennal segment, longer than the third ant. seg. - key to spp. (modified from Sailer 1952)
Range
c. US to AZ (so. IL-KS to TX-AZ)(2) to Nicaragua(3)
Season
Apr-Jan, peak Jul-Oct(1)
Food
grass feeders including sideoats grama + some records on Asteraceae(4)
Print References
Sailer, R.I. 1952. A review of the stink bugs of the genus Mecidea. Proc. U.S. Nat. Museum 102(3309): 471-505.
Works Cited
1.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Pentatomidae (Heteroptera) of Honduras: a checklist with description of a new ochlerine genus
Arismendi N., Thomas D.B. 2003. Insecta Mundi 17: 219-236.
4.Pentatomoidea Host Index