Hairy Yellow-face - Hylaeus hyalinatus

    Description

    Length 5.5 to 7 mm. Hylaeus hyalinatus is a plasterer bee, and one of several similar species that have an almost completely white face in the male at least.

    Where a photograph is surrounded by a red box it means the subject is likely to be this species but has not been definitively identified as such.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Hedgerows and meadows.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Takes pollen from various flowers. Plasterer bees smooth the walls of their nest cells with secretions applied with their mouthparts; these secretions dry into a cellophane-like lining.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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