Bees in the Melissodes genus help pollinate gardens while gathering pollen from a variety of flowers.
Males in the genus Melissodes have yellow faces and long antennae, which explains why this genus is part of the Long-horned Bee family. Some have thick legs that might be colored orange, red, or yellow depending on the pollen grains sticking to them. There are over 100 different species; some are almost completely covered in hair. Most are black and some shade of yellow with banding on the abdomen. This medium-sized bee is common across the continent and often seen visiting sunflowers, zinnias, asters, and daisies.
Scientific Name: Melissodes spp.
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 14mm (0.39in to 0.55in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.