Long-Horned Bee

Scientific Name: Melissodes sp.

Family: Apidae

Native Range:

Size: Small – Medium, 7 – 18 mm (0.3 – 0.7 in)*

Nest: Ground

Nest Lining: Wax-like substance

Active: Mid-summer – fall*

Color and Appearance: Robust and hairy, often with pail bands on abdomen in the middle of the abdominal segments. Males: Long antennae*

Pollen Collection: Long scopae on hind legs*

Flight Distance: ~ 2 miles, 3.2 km*

*From Heather Holm, Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants. Minetonka: Pollination Press, LLC, 2014., p. 266.

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