Tergum 6 very nearly straight in profile, with erect hairs toward the sides basally. .M. parallela Smith
Smaller (10mm); carina of tergum 6 narrowed apically, slightly curved ventrad, emargination small, upper surface not impressed… M. townsendiana Cockerell
Both species occur in the southwestern U.S. Apparently rare in the eastern United States, occurring from North Carolina to Florida. Our species may represent an eastward migration that is currently restricted to warm areas with sandy soil.
County Records: Levy, Nassau, Leon, Miami-Dade (Mitchell)
Locations: Miami, Miami Beach, Tall Timbers Research Station
Dates: June to September (Mitchell)
Notes: This is a ground-nesting species
County Records: Miami-Dade, Broward (Mitchell), St. Johns, Nassau
Locations: Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach
Dates: July 28-Oct. 12; July: 1, Aug: 1, Oct.: 1
Plants: oligolectic on composites (Helianthus, Melanthera, Chrysopsis, Actiniella)
Notes: Nests in sandy soil. In Florida, most of the records of this species are from the coast, in beach dunes and coastal hammocks. No photos available at this time.