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Melissodes saponellus Cockerell, 1908
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Subgenus: Eumelissodes

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Extracted from: LaBerge, W. E. 1963. New Species and Records of Little-known Species of Melissodes from North America (Hymenoptera: Anthophriadae). Bulletin of The University of Nebraska State Muesem, Vol. 4. Pp 227-242.

A long series of M. saponellus of both sexes, many captured in copulo, were submitted to the author recently for determination. Several females of M. saponellus were caught in copulo with males of M. (Tachymelissodes) opuntiella, as well as others with males of their own species. The author believes that interspecific "errors" of this sort are not uncommon among bees. In fact, the author has even observed bees of different genera seemingly in copulo in nature. The new records listed below more than double the number of specimens of this species available in collections. UTAH: Hatton (3 miles west): 22 !j? !j?, 18 ~ ~ (18 pairs collected in cOPlilo), 1 une 2, 1959, on E1"igeron compositus; 2 !j?!j?, I ~, 1 une 3, 1959, on Tetmdymis canescens. These specimens are in the collections of Utah State University at Logan and the University of Nebraska State lVIuseum at Lincoln.

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Asteraceae  Erigeron compositus @ BBSL (12)

Geraea canescens @ UCRC_ENT (2)
Cactaceae  Opuntia sp @ BBSL (1)
Fabaceae  Psorothamnus thompsoniae @ BBSL (1)
Lamiaceae  Salvia sp @ BBSL (1)
Malvaceae  Sphaeralcea ambigua @ UCRC_ENT (1)

Sphaeralcea sp @ BBSL (1)
_  Withheld @ BBSL (30)

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