Masked Bees

Masked (Hyaleine) Bees

Amphylaeus, Hylaeus & Meroglossa

Ranging in size from 3mm-11mm, these mostly solitary bees can be found in a wide range of locations across Australia. They’re so named due to distinctive facial markings that may be yellow or white. They nest in twigs, reeds and in branches too, using their short, blunt tongues to weave a cellophane-like, waterproof membrane that becomes the cell for their young.

In this amazing image by Marc Newman, you can see the bee with its big stash of nectar.

 

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