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. 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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  1. 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. 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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