White-legged Masked Bee
Male? Yellow-face Mask
Copper Metallic Bee
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta) iNaturalist Observation|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Colletid Bee (Bee: Colletidae)|
|Species:||White-legged Masked Bee (Hylaeus sp ES06)|
|This Photo:||🔍Male? Ventral🔎|
Thank you Dr John Ascher for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
This one looks similar to Hylaeus dromedarius & Hylaeus elegans, but the middle & rear legs aren't yellow. Plus there's no side stripes on the pronotum. It's also very similar to & the one above (Hylaeus sp ES02), again the front legs are different colours as are the antennae bases.
Notice the tibia of each leg has a white band through it.
We're surprised at how many species are in this genus! We suspect this one is a male as it has long antennae & no pollen storage hair for the nest; ergo it eats pollen only.
Surprisingly, the yellow face & markings when it was in the flowers we not visible/obvious; just the red abdomen!