yellow-faced bee

(Hylaeus sp.)

               
     

yellow-faced bee (Hylaeus sp.)

 

   
   
   
   
   
Size

Total Length: 3 16 to ¼ (5 to 7 mm)

          Photo by Alfredo Colon

Identification

These are small, slender bees. They are mostly black with white or yellow markings on their faces and legs. They have very little hair and no pollen-collecting hairs (scopa). In these respects they look more like wasps than bees.

 
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Larval Food

 

 
Adult Food

Flower pollenand nectar. Many species are probably host species specialists.

 
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Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30.


Comments

What’s in a Name?
The genus common name “yellow-faced bees” is a misnomer. All species have markings on the face, but on many species the markings are white.


Taxonomy

Order:

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)

 

Suborder:

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)

 

Infraorder:

Aculeata

 

Superfamily:

Apoidea (apoid wasps, bees, sphecoid wasps)

 

Family:

Colletidae (cellophane or plasterer, masked, and fork-tongued bees)

 

Subfamily:

Hylaeinae (yellow-faced bees)

 
Subordinate Taxa

 

 
Synonyms

Calloprosopis

Pharohylaeus

 
Common
Names

masked bees

yellow-faced bees


 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Scopa

A brush-like tuft of hairs on the legs or underside of the abdomen of a bee used to collect pollen.

 

 

 

 

 

       

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