Taxonomy

Hylaeus (Hylaeus) communis | Common Yellow Face Bee

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Least concern

Species Biology

Identification

  • Small solitary species (5-7mm)
  • Small, black, shiny bee
  • In males the face has yellow curling around the antennal sockets
  • Can be confused with all other Hylaeus species

Habitat

Majority of known records are from the urban environment.

Flight period

May-August

Nesting biology

Stem/cavity nesting

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Daucus, Aegopodium, Cirsium, Achillea, Tanacetum, Solidago, Crepis, Leontodon, Sinapis, Campanula, Sedum, Galeopsis, Allium, Lythrum, Reseda

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

All of Europe, northwards to Finland, up to 1600m in the Alps

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019

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References

Publications

Conservation status: FitzPatrick Ú., Murray T.E., Byrne A., Paxton R.J., Brown M.J.F. (2006) Regional Red List of Irish Bees, Publ. Rep. to National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland). http://www.npws.ie/publications/red-lists

Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.

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