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  • Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee - (Melissodes bimaculata)

    Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee - (Melissodes bimaculata)

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

    Picture of Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee
    Staff Writer (7/25/2017): 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.

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    Two-Spotted Long-Horned Bee

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

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 11mm to 15mm (0.43in to 0.59in)

    Identifying Colors: black, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: flying, pollen, legs, hairy, stinging, helpful

    North American 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

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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