Reprinted with permission from: Mitchell, T.B. 1960 Bees of the Eastern United States. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin No. 141. |
FEMALE—Length 6 mm.; head and thorax green, abdomen piceous, maculae pale yellow; face about one-fourth longer than distance between eyes; eyes subparallel; upper portion of cheeks subequal to eyes in width, but becoming very narrow below; vertex very narrow, space between its hind margin and lateral ocelli less than their diameter; foveae narrow and elongate, deep and distinct; mandibles rather slender and elongate, pale yellow, becoming ferruginous at tip; labrum dark; elypeus protruding more than one-half below suborbital line, with a median yellow stripe and a pair of lateral, subapical maculae, otherwise dark; facial maculae small, adjacent to clypeal margin and quite remote from lower margin of eye, or in some specimens extending from clypeus to eye, not attaining level of upper margin of clypeus; lower portion of face and cheeks polished, punctures exceedingly minute and quite sparse, upper portion less shining, punctures minute and rather sparse; scape yellow anteriorly, flagellum piceous above, brownish-testaceous beneath; pubescence of head and thorax rather short and thin, entirely white; thorax without maculae; tegulae whitish-hyaline, wings whitish, veins and stigma very pale yellow, first transverse cubitus forked, resulting in a small, triangular, intercalary cell; legs largely dark, front tibiae yellow anteriorly and front tarsi yellow, mid basitarsi rather dark but mid and hind tarsi otherwise yellowish; scutum and scutellum polished, punctures minute but quite distinct, rather sparse; pleura less shining, punctures about as those of scutum; abdominal terga 2-4 with transverse, lateral, yellow maculae, well separated medially, those on tergum 4 very small and widely separated; punctures of basal terga very minute and obscure, hardly evident, the more apical terga more distinctly punctate.
MALE—Length 5 mm.; head and thorax green, abdomen brownish, maculae much reduced or absent; face about one-fourth longer than distance between eyes; eyes subparallel; cheeks above subequal to eyes in width, but becoming very narrow below; vertex very narrow, space between lateral ocelli and its hind margin subequal to their diameter; foveae very short, located near top of eye, quite deep and distinct; mandibles yellow, becoming ferruginous at extreme tip; labrum yellow; clypeus protruding quite strongly below suborbital line, with a small, subapical, median, yellowish macula, sometimes absent, and lateroapical angles yellow, otherwise dark; facial maculae entirely lacking; scape yellowish anteriorly, flagellum brownish below, becoming somewhat darker above; cheeks and lower portion of face polished, punctures exceedingly minute, sparse and indistinct, upper portion less shining, punctures somewhat closer but still very minute; pubescence of head and thorax short and thin, entirely white; thorax without maculae; tegulae whitish-hyaline; wings whitish, veins and stigma very pale yellow and obscure, stigma margined with somewhat brighter yellow, first transverse cubitus forked, resulting in a small, triangular, intercalary cell; legs mainly dark, front tibiae yellow anteriorly and all tarsi yellow; scutum and scutellum polished, punctures very minute but quite distinct, rather sparse; pleura less shining, punctures somewhat closer; abdomen without maculae, the basal tergum impunctate, the more apical terga with barely visible punctures; apical margin of sternum 6 very slightly emarginate medially; sternum 7 with a large, semicircular, median, apical emargination; sternum 8 quite broadly truncate and incurved apically (much as in obscurata, fig. 79); gonocoxites bulbous, broadly truncate apically, the gonostyli rather short, compressed, apex more or less rolled, penis valves long and slender, volsellae nearly equalling gonostyli in length, only partially separated into cuspis and digitus.
DISTRIBUTION — Massachusetts Florida; May to July.
FLOWER RECORDS—Batodendron, Lyonia and Huckleberry.