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Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee (Melissodes bimaculata)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 7/25/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee  
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Look for two light patches at the tip of the abdomen on the beneficial and non-aggressive Two-Spotted Longhorned Bee.

Common in the eastern part of the continent, the Two-spotted Longhorned Bee is a medium-sized bee that is smaller than a bumble bee, but larger than a honey bee. They are content to busy themselves with their work and pay little mind to human observers.

Two-spotted Longhorned Bees are great pollinators. They have large hind legs with long hairs that trap pollen grains from the flowers they visit. Look for them on the blossoms of coneflowers, asters, mallows, and legumes.

Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee Information

Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common Name: Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee
Scientific Name: Melissodes bimaculata

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Hymenoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Apidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Melissodes
       Arrow graphic Species: bimaculata

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 11 mm to 15 mm (0.429 inches to 0.585 inches)
Identifying Colors: black, yellow
Additional Descriptors: flying, pollen, legs, hairy, stinging, helpful

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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