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This species presumably uses only pebbles in the nest plug. Hicks (1926) described the pebble gathering behavior and the architecture of one nest built inside an unoccupied hole in the ground. The nest consisted of a single cell at the bottom of a short burrow (~ 7.6 cm deep and ~2.5 cm wide). Custer & Hicks (1927) observed other aspects of the nesting habits, including the trichome collecting behavior on Artemisia campestris (Asteraceae) and Cryptantha sp. (Boraginaceae). Custer & Hicks (1927: 258) also indicated that the species studied by Hungerford & Williams (1912) in Kansas was A. porterae not A. maculifrons. Both species have been recorded from Kansas and we have not seen the specimens of Hungerford & Williams (1912) to confirm their identity.