ColletidaeAmphylaeus obscuriceps Hylaeus spp – Masked Bee Callomelitta antipodes Leioproctus Neopasiphae mirabilis Paracolletes crassipes Paracolletes nigrocinctus Trichocolletes

Photographs © Marc Newman

Amphylaeus obscuriceps is also commonly known as the Dark-headed Dimorphic-Masked Bee. At time of writing, the current distribution appears to be along the east coast from Hervey Bay down through New South Wales (including Albury-Wangarata), and down through Victoria to Dandenong.

Pictured here is Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii. It would appear that the pollen on the bee is not from the grass tree.

Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps on Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apiformes
  • Family: Colletidae
  • Subfamily: Hylaeinae
  • Genus: Amphylaeus
  • Subgenus: infrageneric Agogenohylaeus
  • Species: Amphylaeus obscuriceps

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps, Ballandean, QLD © Marc Newman, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/koolbee/albums
  2. Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) obscuriceps (Friese, 1924), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/7eb597c0-fdfd-48ff-b6de-0b2846e91bae
  3. Dark-headed Dimorphic-Masked Bee (Amphylaeus obscuriceps), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/892283-Amphylaeus-obscuriceps

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