Hylaeus - White-faced or Yellow-faced Bees

Small, black, almost hairless solitary bees. Some yellow or white markings on the head, thorax or legs. The patterns of markings on the face can help in identification. They nest primarily in dead plant stems but also use holes and crevices in wood and masonry. They have no pollen carrying hairs. Both pollen and nectar are carried in the crop. About 12 species in the UK.
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