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The Red-headed Masked Bee (Hylaeus ruficeps) is very small, no longer then 6 mm in overall length. This small bee has a dark red-brown abdomen with similar colouration across the head. The thorax is black with yellow patches.

Pictured is thought to be Hylaeus ruficeps or Hylaeus ruficeps ruficeps.

The genus Hylaeus is a large diverse cosmopolitan group within the bee family Colletidae. The genus is also commonly known as the “yellow-faced bees”, although not all have yellow faces, some genus have white markings on their face.

Masked Bee (Hylaeus ruficeps), Alice Springs, NT
Masked Bee (Hylaeus ruficeps), Alice Springs, NT

Check out our Insects > Bees for more info on the Hylaeus spp – Masked Bee.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apiformes
  • Family: Colletidae
  • Subfamily: Hylaeinae
  • Genus: Hylaeus
  • Subgenus: Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) Michener, 1965
  • Species: Hylaeus ruficeps

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