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Species Melissodes apicatus

Bee on Swamp Iris - Melissodes apicatus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Eucerini (Long-horned Bees)
Genus Melissodes
No Taxon (Subgenus Apomelissodes)
Species apicatus (Melissodes apicatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melissodes apicata
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet and subgeneric name both refer to the apical hair bands.
Authors: Lovell and Cockerell, 1906
Identification
Apical hair bands and association with Pontederia
Habitat
near ponds and lagoons with Pickerelweed
Food
Oligolectic on Pontederia cordata
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