Reprinted with permission from: Mitchell, T.B. 1960 Bees of the Eastern United States. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin No. 141. |
FEMALE—Length 5 mm.; head and thorax dark greenish, abdomen piceous, maculae yellowish; face considerably longer than distance between eyes; eyes slightly convergent below; cheeks subequal to eyes in width; vertex rounded, hind margin indefinite, lateral ocelli subequally distant from eyes and each other; foveae elongate, rather shallow and obscure; clypeus somewhat broader than long, entirely pale yellow except for a pair of small, lateral, blackish dots; mandibles yellow basally, becoming red apically, labrum yellowish-ferruginous; lateral, facial maculae occupying most of area between clypeus and eyes, truncate above, not extending above upper margin of clypeus; scape entirely dark, flagellum yellowish beneath, more brownish above; cheeks and lower half of face somewhat shining, with very fine and sparse punctures, upper half of face and vertex dull tessellate, with somewhat more distinct and close punctures; pubescence of head and thorax short and rather dense, entirely pale; hind margin of pronotum with a pair of small, lateral, yellow maculae, tubercles yellow in part, thorax otherwise entirely dark; tegulae yellowish-hyaline; wings whitish-hyaline, veins and stigma pale yellowish, stigma margined with brown; legs brown, tarsi becoming yellow apically, fore and mid tibiae with a small, basal, yellow spot; scutum and scutellum tessellate, very minutely, obscurely and rather sparsely punctate, pleura dull and nearly impunctate above, becoming somewhat more shining and more distinctly punctate beneath; abdominal terga 2 and 3 with narrow, transverse, lateral maculae which are rather widely separated medially, the more basal terga rather dull, without distinct punctures, the more apical ones becoming somewhat more shining and with fine and close but rather indistinct punctures.
MALE—Length 3.5-4.0 mm.; head and thorax dark greenish, maculae pale yellow, abdomen piceous and immaculate; face slightly longer than distance between eyes above; eyes very slightly convergent below; cheeks sub- equal to eyes, with a quite distinct, acute tubercle beneath; vertex rounded, hind margin indefinite, lateral ocelli subequally distant from eyes and each other; foveae short, quite shallow and obscure; clypeus somewhat broader than long, entirely yellow; mandibles and labrum yellow; lateral facial maculae filling most of area between clypeus and eyes, not extending above upper margin of clypeus; scape yellow anteriorly, flagellum testaceous beneath, becoming more reddish above; lower portion of face and cheeks somewhat shining, punctures barely visible, upper portion no quite so shining, with exceedingly minute and sparse punctures; pubescence of head and thorax short, thin, quite sparse, entirely pale; thorax without maculae; tegulae yellowishhyaline; wings whitish-hyaline, veins and stigma pale yellow and very obscure, stigma margined with brownish posteriorly; femora and tibiae largely brownish, front tibiae yellow anteriorly, mid tibiae with a narrow, anterior, yellow stripe, tarsi yellow; scutum and scutellum somewhat shining, punctures exceedingly minute and obscure, pleura some what shining above, becoming more distinctly so below, with punctures barely visible; the more basal abdominal terga rather dull and impunctate, the more apical terga becoming more shining and with very minute and rather indistinct punctures; sternum 7 with a broad, deep, rounded, median emargination; apical portion of sternum 8 narrow, somewhat compressed, with an obscure ventral keel, rounded apically, about three times longer than broad; gonostyli rather short, strongly compressed, acute apically, subequal in length to the narrow, elongate penis valves, volsellae short, compressed, digitus poorly developed.
DISTRIBUTION — North Carolina to Florida and Texas; September.
FLOWER RECORDS — Heterotheca and Isopappus.
Another subspecies of bishoppi, planorum Timberlake, occurs in Kansas and Texas, but there are no records of its occurrence in the eastern states.