Hylaeus sp – Masked BeeHylaeus alcyoneus Hylaeus douglasi Hylaeus elegans Hylaeus euxanthus Hylaeus ruficeps Hylaeus violaceus

Images and Contributor Author Gary Taylor

Hylaeus elegans, one of my all time favourites. They seem to show up around this time every year, just as the Coastal Moorts (Eucalyptus platypus) start flowering. The last pic shows some scale but you might need to click on the pic to see it properly. To the left is Exoneura, Hylaeus in the middle and Amegilla on the right.

Author Gary Taylor, Geraldton, Midwest WA
Hylaeus elegans, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Hylaeus elegans, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Hylaeus elegans, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

Hylaeus elegans, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Hylaeus elegans, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Hylaeus elegans, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

Hylaeus (Euprosopis) elegans has a current distribution across the Australian mainland.2


  • 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: infrageneric Euprosopis
  • Species: Hylaeus elegans

Footnote & References

  1. Images and content contribution by Gary Taylor, Western Australia
  2. Hylaeus (Euprosopis) elegans, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:351be9fd-4b56-4f3d-8366-ebf85c445d89

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Hylaeus sp – Masked BeeHylaeus alcyoneus Hylaeus douglasi Hylaeus elegans Hylaeus euxanthus Hylaeus ruficeps Hylaeus violaceus