Short-horned Yellow-face Bee - Hylaeus brevicornis


A very small and mainly black bee – it has a striking white face (this characteristic is not restricted solely to this species) and the hind legs are banded with black and creamy yellow.

Identification difficulty

Found in various habitats including woodland, fenland, grassland, heathland and on the coast.

When to see it

Late May to mid-September.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in most areas of England, but very few records from Wales or much of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map