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Species Mecas confusa - Poplar Gall Borer

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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 confusa (Poplar Gall Borer)
Explanation of Names
Mecas confusa Chemsak & Linsley 1973
Identification
Note: tarsal claws with inner tooth almost as long as outer (1)

Det. L. E. Bezark, 1992
Range
TX-KS (and possibly further east) (2)
Season
April-June (2)
Life Cycle
larval host: false goldenaster (Heterotheca, Asteraceae) (2)
Remarks
Type Locality: Luling, Gonzales Co., Texas (1)
See Also
Mecas cineracea Casey - Range: Great Plains to AZ
Print References
Chemsak, J.A. and E.G. Linsley. 1973. The genus Mecas LeConte (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 39: 141-184.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Cerambycidae of North America, Part VII, No. 2: ... subfamily Lamiinae, tribes Acanthocinini through Hemilophini.
E. Gorton Linsley & John A. Chemsak. 1995. University of California Publications in Entomology 114: 1-292.
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.