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Pleasing Mecas

Mecas pergrata (Say, 1824)

Family Cerambycidae, Subfamily Lamiinae, Tribe Phytoeciini


Mecas pergrata (Say)

Kenedy Ranch, Kenedy Co., Texas
March 21, 2006 (Brush Freeman)

Range: South-eastern and South-central US to New Mexico, northeastern Mexico

Adult Activity: March to July (Yanega, 1996)

Larval Hosts: Stems & roots of asters and other Asteraceae (Yanega, 1996)

Similar Species: There are 18 species within Mecas in three subgenera. (Monné & Hovore, 2005). Ten species in two subgenera occur in the U.S.

Texas Taxa:

Mecas cana saturnina (LeConte)
Mecas cineracea Casey
Mecas confusa
Chemsak & Linsley
Mecas linsleyi
Mecas marginella
Mecas pergrata (Say)
Mecas rotundicollis

Etymology: Mecas pergrata 

meco (G). Long; length
per (L). Through, by means of
grat, -i (L). Pleasing; favor 

Web links: Beetles of Helianthus - Diana Pilson, University of Nebraska

 Biography: Thomas Say (1787 – 1834) - Wikipedia


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