Species account taken from: "A Revision of the Genus Ashmeadiella (Hymen., Megachilidae) Author(s): Charles D. Michener Source: American Midland Naturalist,Vol. 22, No. 1 (Jul., 1939), pp. 1-84"
Chelostoma australis Cockerell, 1902, Bull. So. Calif. Acad. Sci., 1: 139, 9 Chelostoma australe Cockerell, 1903, Psyche,, 10:76 (list). Chelostomopsis australis Cockerell, 1935, Panl-Pac. Ent., 11: 48 (Key). Ashmeadietla australis Michener, 1936, Am. Mus. Nov., 875: 11 (Key). Chelostomopsis australis nana Cockerell, 1925, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci., (4)14: 206, 9.
This is a large black species, with the sides of the abdomen red basally. The male is easily distinguished from other species of Arogochila by the elongated median teeth of the sixth tergite, and the female by the irregular, tapering median lobe of the clypeus.
Female: Inner margins of eyes diverging toward clypeus; under side of flagellum dusky; clypeus with large, elongated punctures; clypeus with lateral lobes mere angles, not separated from median lobe by emarginations, median lobe broad, with irregular margin, and with longitudinal dorsal carina, and seen in profile with upper side at angle of over 1500 to lower part of disc of clypeus, not projecting sharply as in salviae; apex of labrum bidentate; inner tooth of mandibles weak, only an obtuse angle; hypostomal carinae each produced to an angle posteriorly; cheeks broader than eyes, seen from side; anterior ocellus distinctly posterior to midpoint between antennal sockets and posterior edge of vertex; vertex closely punctate, more finely so than clypeus. Scutum with punctures similar to those of vertex, but sometimes slightly more distinctly separated, like those of mesepisterna; no pair of hair tufts at anterior end of scutum; tegulae testaceous exteriorly; hind femora red; inner sides of hind tibiae red; inner matgin of inner hind tibial spurs serrate with well over a dozen rather fine teeth, outer margin with six large teeth and a small one basad to them; inner margin of outer spurs with five rather large teeth, outer margin with six or seven smaller, oblique teeth. Abdomen strongly punctured, punctures fiAer than those of scutum; sides of first two tergites red; posterior margins of tergites reddish; abdominal bands weak, that of fifth tergite nearly absent. Length about 8 mm.
Type: Female; (near) Los Angeles, California.