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

Photographs by Marc Newman

Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) ruficeps ruficeps is subspecies of the species Hylaeus ruficeps, in the genus Hylaeus.

The following is the female Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) ruficeps ruficeps on a flowering Callistemon in Ballandean, Queensland.

Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) ruficeps ruficeps female on Callistemon © Marc Newman
Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) ruficeps ruficeps female on Callistemon © Marc Newman

Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) ruficeps ruficeps, this will extend the range of this bee significantly. It just looked like a little black bee to the naked eye so I was pleased with the photos. I was attending a reunion of old uni friends at Rudds Pub at Nobby (near Toowoomba) when Jan noticed a bunch of native bees utilising the old timbers of the pub for nesting purposes. Rudds Pub is so called after Steele Rudd, a pseudonym for the author of the famous “On our selection” and “Dad and Dave”.

Author Marc Newman

A report in 2000/01, from the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries revealed the following about the Hylaeus ruficeps:

Colletid bees, Hylaeus ruficeps (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Colletidae) which have nested in the polystyrene walls (with concrete rendering) of a motel in Tennant Creek in previous years, have once again re-invaded. Chemical control was not effective in controlling the bees after they started nesting. To prevent further problems next year, recommendations were made on preventing the entry of the bees rather than attempting control after entry.

Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Technical Annual Report 2000/01, Technical Bulletin No 295, ISSN 0158-2763, p208 (original link no longer available was www.nt.gov.au/d/Content/File/p/AR/TB295.pdf)


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apidformes
  • Family: Colletidae
  • Subfamily: Hylaeinae
  • Genus: Hylaeus
  • Subgenus: infrageneric Euprosopoides
  • Species: Hylaeus ruficeps
  • Subspecies: Hylaeus ruficeps infrasp. ruficeps

Footnote & References

  1. Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) ruficeps ruficeps, Ballandean, QLD © Marc Newman, Flickr
  2. Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) ruficeps ruficeps (Smith, 1853), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:c488e9bf-67ba-4fc4-a3df-3dd9ad1bede2

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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