Common Yellow-face Bee


Hylaeus communis – This is a small plasterer bee between 6-8mm (1/4-5/16in) long. The male, as shown here, has a very bright array of yellow facial markings. It is a common visitor to gardens, although this was the first time I had seen it here. Double-click for a closer look.


Common Yellow-face Bee Hylaeus communis male

Common Yellow-face Bee Hylaeus communis male

Common Yellow-face Bee Hylaeus communis male

Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 16th June 2019
Place: Rear garden, Staffordshire


15 thoughts on “Common Yellow-face Bee

  1. Wonderful in close up, like so many of your photos. Do you know what the plant was? The bee seems to be collecting something from the glandular hairs.

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    1. Thank you very much, Judith. Yes, it was spindle, which I have growing in a few places in the gardens. When flowering it attracts a lot of nectar-loving insects.

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  2. What unusual markings for a bee. I’d be drawn to try and capture this one in a photo also.

    The bee looks like it’s walking through knee-high grass with all those plant hairs.

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    1. I had never seen one of these until that day. They are so small, and one can only appreciate how they look close up. I was lucky to get these shots in 🙂

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    1. When I first spotted it I thought it was a wasp, and a very small one. It wasn’t until I got it on the big screen and mangaed to id it I realised I had a bee. Thank you, Steve 🙂

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