White-legged Masked Bee
Male? dorsal
White-legged Masked Bee
Male? White legs
White-legged Masked Bee (Hylaeus sp ES06)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Colletid Bee (Bee: Colletidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: White-legged Masked Bee (Hylaeus sp ES06)
This Photo:     🔍Male? profile🔎

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!

Copyright © 2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Jan-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.