Meroglossa rubricataBubbling Meroglossa rubricata Colour Variation Communication Female and Male Flower Selection Nesting Threats

One of the obvious differences between the sexes of Meroglossa rubricata can be seen visually in their face. The female face is a reddish in colour, whilst the male has yellow facial markings.

Female Meroglossa rubricata, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Female Meroglossa rubricata, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

Male Meroglossa rubricata, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Male Meroglossa rubricata, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

Female Meroglossa rubricata

Unlike the male of the species Meroglossa rubricata, the female do not have yellow facial markings.

Male Meroglossa rubricata

The male of the species Meroglossa rubricata has yellow facial markings on the lower frons and clypeus area.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apiformes
  • Family: Colletidae
  • Subfamily: Hylaeinae
  • Genus: Meroglossa
  • Species: M rubricata
  • Binomial name: Meroglossa rubricata

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs and content contributor © Gary Taylor

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