Mermiria picta Walker [= M. neomexicana (Thomas)]

Size: 30-57 mm.

General distribution: Central and SE United States, W. to Arizona, S. to central Mexico.

Distribution in New Mexico: Curry, Guadalupe, San Miguel, Torrance, Union, Valencia.

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Habitat: Grassland.

Host: Panicum and other tall grasses.

Adults Present: July-November.

Notes: Very similar to M. bivittata, differs in having pronotal disk bordered by distinct lateral carinae cut by two sulci (in M. bivittata the disk rounds gradually onto lateral lobes; edge of disk cut by three sulci). Not economically important.

Reference: Otte 1981.

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