Large Yellow-face Bee - Hylaeus signatus


A largely black species, the males with a striking pale yellow face.

Identification difficulty
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Generally open habitats, including calcareous grassland, quarries, coastal marshes and beaches, post-industrial sites and private gardens. Most often found at flowers of mignonette and weld.

When to see it

Univoltine; mid-June to August or September.

Life History

Nests have been found in burrows in the vertical faces of compacted soil (both sand and clay), dead woody stems (such as bramble) and in vacated nests of Colletes daviesanus.

UK Status

Widely distributed throughout much of southern and central Britain but very local and classed as nationally scarce.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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