Common Yellow Face Bee - Hylaeus communis


Size 6 to 8 mm. Males can be distinguished by the facial markings with the yellow on the face obviously divided by black bands and curling around the antennal sockets. Females have far more restricted yellow on the face, just a small patch lying against the edge of the eye. The antennae are entirely dark below and the hind tibia has a prominent yellow ring on the basal quarter to a half. The corners of the prothorax are prominent and strongly angled.

Identification difficulty

Feeds on a range of flowers and often found in gardens.

When to see it

Peak time around July.

UK Status

Probably the commonest of this group in the UK.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map