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The Masked Bees

Aussie Bee Homepage > Native Bee Photo Gallery > Masked Bees

Hylaeus nubilosus is just one of many yellow-spotted masked bees in the family Colletidae. It builds a typical solitary nest. But another one of these distinctive species turned out to be quite extraordinary! (Full story is in Aussie Bee Bulletin, Issue 14).

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Erica Siegel of Queensland kindly contributed the following delightful photographs of masked bees to the Aussie Bee website:

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Above: this masked bee is an Australian native bee belonging to the family Colletidae. They are called masked bees because of the bold markings on their faces.

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Above: most masked bees build solitary nests -- each female bee raises her young in her own nest burrow all by herself.

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The Banksia Bee (Hylaeus alcyoneus)

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