Native Bee Spotlight: Yellow Faced Bees ~ Hylaeus spp.
Yellow Faced Bees are tiny black bees with yellow (sometimes white) markings on their face, thorax and legs. Often mistaken for tiny solitary wasps, these bees have quite shiny bodies due to the lack of hairs.
Occurring from late May through to September, we will see Yellow Faced Bees in early spring, then again in late summer with a gap in between.
Pollen is brushed with their forelegs from their head and thorax and then collected in the mouth.
Yellow Faced Bees nest in cavities, tunnels in pithy wood, or even holes in wood. Their brood cells are separated with a cellophane like material.
A Yellow Faced Bee visiting Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis) for pollen in early spring.
Although Yellow Faced Bees are short-tongued, their small size allows them access to the nectar of many flowers.
Source: Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide, Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies
© Heather Holm, 2015. Heather Holm