Extracted from: Melissodes pecosella Cockerell 1905 Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 18, p. 180
Appears as Melissodes pecosella in this excerpt.
Female .—Length slightly over 10 mm; facial quadrangle broader than long, but not excessively broad; eyes blue-gray; apical part of mandibles with a yellowish stripe; flagellum very dark reddish beneath; hair of head white and abundant, some black hair on vertex; hair of thorax above ochraceous, black on posterior part of mesothorax and disc of scutellum; tegulae black, with ochraceous hair; wings dusky, nervures black or nearly black; hair on basal join of hind tarsi within black or very dark fuscous, at the apex with a reddish tint; scopa of hind legs white, copious; abdomen with three broad bands just as in pallidicincta; the two apical segments covered with black hair, a tuft of white on each extreme side of fifth;. In most of the its characters it agrees with M. sphaeralceae Ckll, but the abdomen is rather narrower, with broader hairbands, and without the characteristic shining appearance of sphaeralceae ; the hair on inner side of basal joint of hind tarsi is differently colored (ferruginous in sphaeralceae) the black hair.