Hylaeus nubilosusMud nest Yellow Mask / White Mask

Hylaeus nubilosus is a medium size, slender native bee that has the conspicuous yellow thoracic badge mark on the dorsal surface of the thorax (the scutellum and metanotum), that is a common feature of the group of Masked Bees. This group of bees also have bold yellow or white markings on their face. The face marking of the species Hylaeus nubilosus is ususally white, although there are observations where Hylaeus nubilosus have a more yellowish tint to the masked face (as seen here).

Hylaeus nubilosus capping cell in disused wasp mud nest, Emerald Beach NSW © Norm Farmer
Hylaeus nubilosus, Emerald Beach NSW © Norm Farmer
Hylaeus nubilosus capping cell in disused wasp mud nest, Emerald Beach NSW © Norm Farmer
Hylaeus nubilosus, Emerald Beach NSW © Norm Farmer

In the following photos you can see the usually white colour of the Hylaeus nubilosus masked face.

Hylaeus nubilosus, Geraldton, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Hylaeus nubilosus, Geraldton, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Female Hylaeus (Hylaeorhiza) nubilosus pushing off the operculum of a Eucalyptus infera flower © Bernhard Jacobi
Female Hylaeus (Hylaeorhiza) nubilosus © Bernhard Jacobi

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs Hylaeus nubilosus, Emerald Beach NSW © Norm Farmer
  2. Photograph Hylaeus nubilosus, Geraldton WA © Gary Taylor
  3. Photograph Hylaeus (Hylaeorhiza) nubilosus, Ballendean QLD © Marc Newman
  4. Photograph Hylaeus (Hylaeorhiza) nubilosus © Bernhard Jacobi

Hylaeus nubilosusMud nest Yellow Mask / White Mask

Hylaeus spp – Masked BeeHylaeus (Prosopisteron) Hylaeus albonitens Hylaeus alcyoneus Hylaeus constrictiformis Hylaeus douglasi Hylaeus elegans Hylaeus euxanthus Hylaeus maiellus Hylaeus nubilosus Hylaeus nubilosus Mud nest Hylaeus nubilosus Yellow Mask / White Mask Hylaeus proximus Hylaeus ruficeps Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) ruficeps ruficeps Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) sanguinipictus Hylaeus theodorei Hylaeus violaceus Hylaeus vittatifrons

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