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Species Melissodes desponsus - Eastern Thistle Longhorn

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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, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Eucerini (Longhorn Bees)
Genus Melissodes
No Taxon (Subgenus Heliomelissodes, Thistle Melissodes Bees)
Species desponsus (Eastern Thistle Longhorn)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melissodes cnici
Melissodes daponsa
Melissodes desponsa
Melissodes nigripes
Explanation of Names
Author: Smith, 1854.
Female 12-13.5 mm. Male 11-13.5 mm.
North Dakota to Nova Scotia, South to Oklahoma, Alabama and North Carolina.
Adults: June to October.
Includes Cirsium. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known associations based on specimen records and images.