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 6 mm.; head and thorax green, abdomen brownish-piceous, maculae yellow; face somewhat longer than distance between eyes; eyes subparallel; cheeks sub- equal to eyes in width; vertex rather broad, lateral ocelli slightly nearer its hind margin than to eyes; foveae obscure, being extremely narrow, but elongate; mandibles yellow, becoming ferruginous at tips; labrum dark across base, yellow apically; clypeus yellow, with a pair of elongate, oblique, sub basal, dark bands; lateral face marks filling area between eye and clypeus below, extending narrowly up inner margin of eye to level of antennae where they are truncate; scape narrowly yellow anteriorly, otherwise dark, flagellum testaceous beneath, rather dark brownish above; cheeks below and lower portion of face somewhat shining, punctures very fine, well separated in general but quite faint, upper portion of face and vertex densely tessellate, without evident punctures; pubescence of head and thorax short, thin, whitish below, becoming more yellowish above; posterior margin of pronotum with a pair of small, lateral, yellow maculae, tubercles yellow, thorax otherwise green; tegulae yellowish-hyaline; wings subhyaline, veins and stigma pale testaceous, stigma margined with darker brown; legs dark in general, but femora narrowly yellow apically, front and mid tibiae yellow anteriorly, hind tibiae dark, front tarsi somewhat yellowish, but others largely dark; scutum and scutellum dull, densely tessellate, more olive green, punctures close, exceedingly minute and obscure, hardly visible; pleura and propodeum more bluish-green, pleura somewhat shining, punctures exceedingly minute and rather close, but visible; discs of abdominal terga 1-5 with lateral yellow maculae, those of 2 and 3 rather widely separated medially, those on 1, 4 and 5 separated but very slightly, discs somewhat shining, with hardly visible punctures toward base, but with more distinct punctures on the more apical terga.
MALE—Length 5 mm.; head and thorax green, abdomen piceous with greenish reflections, maculae yellow; face slightly longer than distance between eyes; eyes subparallel; cheeks very slightly broader than eyes; vertex broad, lateral ocelli subequally distant from its hind margin and from eyes; foveae very short, rather shallow and obscure; mandibles, labrum, clypeus and entire face below a line just at level of antennae, yellow; scape yellow anteriorly, darker posteriorly, flagellum yellowish beneath, darker above; cheeks and lower portion of face somewhat shining, with very shallow and indistinct, barely visible punctures, upper part of face and vertex densely tessellate and without evident punctures; pubescence of head and thorax very short, thin, entirely pale, somewhat yellowish above; posterior margin of pronotum with a pair of very small, lateral, yellow maculae, and tubercles yellow, thorax otherwise green; tegulae yellowish-hyaline; wings subhyaline, veins and stigma pale testaceous, stigma margined with darker brown; femora narrowly yellow apically, coxae and trochanters largely yellow, front and mid tibiae yellow anteriorly, hind tibiae dark, front and mid tarsi yellowish, hind tarsi dark; scutum and scutellum dull, densely tessellate, punctures exceedingly minute and obscure, hardly visible; pleura and propodeum more bluish-green, pleura somewhat shining, punctures exceedingly minute and indistinct, but visible; discs of terga 1-3 with narrow, transverse, yellow maculae which are very slightly separated medially, punctures of basal terga hardly visible, these becoming somewhat more distinct but still very minute on the apical terga; apical margin of sternum 6 broadly emarginate; sternum 7 with a pair of acute lateral projections, delimiting a broad and deep, rectangular, apical emargination; apical portion of sternum 8 subtriangular in form, apex very narrowly rounded; gonostyli slender, rounded apically, the slender penis valves only very slightly longer, slightly dilated medially but not angulate, cuspis of volsellae slightly longer than digitus, these quite slender and rather short, gonocoxites somewhat produced apically to form short, rounded lobes.
DISTRIBUTION — North and South Carolina; September and October.
FLOWER RECORDS—Chrysopsis, Gerardia, Haplopappus, Heterotheca and Kuhnistera.