Littler's Masked Bee
Elegant Masked Bee
Littler's Masked Bee (Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) cf littleri)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Colletid Bee (Bee: Colletidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Littler's Masked Bee (Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) cf littleri)
This Photo:     Face

Thank you Asaph (asaph01) for identifying and Dr John Ascher & Brian Dagley for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~4mm long, Male, with thick antennae.
There are a couple of small differences between this and other H. littleri photo's on-line. 1st this has the "mask" extending up between the antennae, where others don't.
2ndly this has short 1st antennal segments, where others are long.
Photographed one specimen in Nov.

Copyright © 2019-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Nov-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.