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Notes on the Biology of a Common Sunflower Bee, Melissodes (Eumelissodes) agilis Cresson
F. D. Parker, V. J. Tepedino and G. E. Bohart
Journal of the New York Entomological Society
Vol. 89, No. 1 (Mar., 1981), pp. 43-52
Published by: New York Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25009235
Page Count: 10
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Melissodes agilis, an anthophorid bee that is oligolectic on sunflowers, was found nesting in and adjacent to a planting of commercial sunflowers in northern Utah. Observations and excavation of nests yielded information on nest architecture, larval morphology, foraging activity, and parasites. The species will probably be most valuable as a commercial pollinator where minimum- or no-tillage agricultural practices are appropriate.
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