This is our most common thistle specialist though most of the records are from larger valleys.

Identification: This is a relatively distinctive species, at least among the VT fauna. In both males and females, the hair on the thorax is primarily yellow with the abdomen mostly hairless and black. The female has obvious orange scopal hairs on its hind legs.

Similar Species: The Tooth-bellied Long-horned Bee (Melissodes dentiventris) is quite similar, but not yet recorded in VT.

Global Status: Not Ranked

Vermont Status: Not Ranked


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Distribution: To see the global distribution, check out the iNaturalist account, and toggle the GBIF layer on the map.