Overview

Brief Summary

Melissodes spp. are small to medium sized bees, ranging from 7.5 to 18 mm long. They are robust with fuzzy yellow hairs and conspicuous hairy legs. The front part of the female's face is usually yellow. Like most bees in the tribe Eucerini, males have long antennae. Males are long-bodied, while females have short antennae and are round-bodied. These bees are restricted to the New World.

Melissodes spp are generally solitary bees. Solitary bees usually build and live in individual nests rather than in a hive or with a colony of bees, while social or communal bees do live colonially in hives or bee communities.

  • The Great Sunflower Project: Melissodes (L. Schonberg, M. Vaughan, and G. LeBuhn, The Great Sunflower Project)
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Physical Description

Type Information

Lectotype for Melissodes ?ursina Cresson, 1872
Catalog Number: USNM
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology
Sex/Stage: Male;
Preparation: Pinned
Locality: Tex., Texas, United States
  • Lectotype: 1872. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 4: 281.
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Ecology

Associations

Flowering Plants Visited by Melissodes sp. in Illinois

Melissodes sp. Latreille: Anthophoridae (Eucerini), Hymenoptera
(observations are from Clinebell, Conger, and Estes & Thorp)

Asteraceae: Pyrrhopappus carolinianus cp (ET); Lamiaceae: Monarda fistulosa sn/cp (Cl), Teucrium canadense sn/cp (Cng)

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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Most Melissodes spp. are solitary ground-nesters. However, there are some species that nest communally with several individuals using one burrow. Females line each brood cell with a wax-like material that she secretes. Each cell is provisioned with a nectar and pollen mixture and a single egg. Larvae hatch and turn into pupae. After a period of inactivity, adult bees emerge.

  • The Great Sunflower Project: Melissodes (L. Schonberg, M. Vaughan, and G. LeBuhn, The Great Sunflower Project)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes USA01

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Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes PRY01

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Sp.B

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Sp.6

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Sp.5

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Sp.4

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Barcode data: Melissodes SanDiego Sp.3

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Sp.3

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Sp.1

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Eumel.E

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Eumel.D

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Eumel.C

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Eumel.B

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Eumel.A

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Callimel.E

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Callimel.D

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Specimens with Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Callimel.C

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Specimens with Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Callimel.B

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes SanDiego Callimel.A

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes cf. communis alopex

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Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes ARGZ02

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Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes ARGZ01

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Specimens with Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes ARG01

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Specimens with Barcodes: 9
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes sp. 3nv

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Specimens with Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes sp. 1nv

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Specimens with Barcodes: 6
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes BC11

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Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes BC5

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Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes BC4

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes BC2

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Specimens with Barcodes: 11
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes BC1

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes OR2

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Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes OR1

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Specimens with Barcodes: 3
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes PER01

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Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes MEX03

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes MEX02

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes sp1-1841

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melissodes sp4-1394

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Statistics of barcoding coverage

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Specimen Records: 481
Specimens with Sequences: 389
Specimens with Barcodes: 356
Species: 108
Species With Barcodes: 94
Public Records: 10
Public Species: 5
Public BINs: 3
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