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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.