Extracted from: Melissodes praelauta Cockerell, 1905 Psyche 12, p. 103
Appears in this excerpt as Melissodes praelauta.
Male. This looks just like M. semitristis and was placed with it until the very different head was observed. The eyes are black and very prominent, and the face is narrowed below, so that length of the facial quadrangle is considerably greater than its breadth at the lowest point; the face is very densely covered with long pure white air, and the clypeus is of a curious greyish white color; the mandibles are entirely black, except a small yellowish apical stripe; the labrum is black, with a large yellowish-white spot. The maxillary palpi are normal for Melissodes, with the last joint minute. The antennae are about 7 mm. long, or rather more, with a rather stout flagellum, which is dark chestnut-red beneath. Tegulae black; nervures rufo-fuscous, wings perfectly hyaline, rather milk; second s. m. extremely large, larger than first, broader than high.