Hylaeus communis (Common Yellow Face Bee)♀︎

Jasione montana (Sheep's bit scabious)

Last update: 30 November 2019


LOCATION: Krimpen aan den IJssel, garden


The common Masked bee species Common Yellow Face Bee (Hylaeus communis)[1, 2] turns out to be a frequent visitor to the garden. Besides the beehotel it is also visiting different flowers.

This female was roaming Sheep’s bit scabious (Jasione montana). She has remarkable white hair bands on the abdomen, which could indicate a different species. But for that to be the case the hair band on the first segment (tergite) should be present and much clearer which in this case it isn’t[2].

Common Yellow Face Bee ♀︎ (Hylaeus communis) on Sheep’s bit scabious (Jasione montana)

Also the stepped clypeus points to Common yellow face bee.

Common Yellow Face Bee ♀︎ (Hylaeus communis) on Sheep’s bit scabious (Jasione montana)


1 Hans Nieuwenhuijsen, Ivo Raemakers, "Tabel voor de bijen van het genus Hylaeus in Nederland", Nieuwsbrief Sectie Hymenoptera NEV – nr. 29, april 2009

2 Peeters, T.M.J., H. Nieuwenhuijsen, J. Smit, F. van der Meer, I.P. Raemakers, W.R.B. Heitmans, C. van Achterberg, M. Kwak, A.J. Loonstra, J. de Rond, M. Roos & M. Reemer 2012. De Nederlands bijen (Hymennoptera: Apidae s.l.). - Natuur van Nederland 11, Naturalis Biodiversity Center & European Invertebrate Survey - Nederland, Leiden.

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