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.
This relatively rare species has recently become available to the author in numbers. The known range of the species has been extended
from New Mexico north into Colorado by one of these new
records. The new records are as follows:
ARIZONA: Portal: 3 c1 c1 from 2 miles west, September 14, 1955,
G. E. Bohart; 2 ~ ~ from 10 miles east, September 16, 1955, G. E.
Bohart; 1 9, 1 c1 from 5 miles west, September 26, 1956, E. Ordway;
I ~,1 c1 from 5 miles west, September 30, 1956, E. Ordway; I c1
from 1 mile northeast, September 9, 1959, on Helianthus sp., J. R.
Powers. Douglas (6 miles east): I c1, September 5, 1958, P. D. Hurd.
COLORADO: Villagrove, Saguache County: I c1, July 10, 1959,
E. G. Linsley. NEW MEXICO: Carrizozo: 2 9 9, 4 c1 c1 , September
10, 1961, on Helianthus petiolaris, P. D. Hurd; 1 c1, September 10,
1961, on Verbesina sp., P. H. Timberlake. Mesilla Park, Dona Ana
County: 1 ~, 12 c1 c1, September 5, 1961, on Verbesina m·eophila)
P. D. Hurd; I ct, September 5, 1961, on Helianthus annuus) P. D.
Hurd; 2 9 ~, 4 c1 c1, September 7, 1961, on Verbesina oreophila,
P. D. Hurd. Three Rivers (2 miles south), Otero County: 5 9 9, 28
c1 c1, September 9, 1961, on Verbesina oreophila, P. D. Hurd. Tularosa,
Otero County: 1 c1, September 9, 1961 on V. oreophila, P. D.
Hurd. These specimens are in the collections of Utah State University
at Logan, the American l\tIuseum of Natural History, New York
City, the University of California at Berkeley, P. H. Timberlake of
Riverside, California, and the University of Nebraska State Museum