Yellow-faced Bee on flower

This ¼ inch bee is slender and looks somewhat like a wasp with very little hair on the abdomen. It is black with yellow markings on the face--guess how it got its name? It lives mostly in prairies, meadows, and abandoned crop fields. The wings are clear but can also be smoky-colored with reddish brown veins running through them. The yellow-faced bee doesn't have pollen collecting body parts because it drinks pollen and carries it and nectar in its stomach. It loves the nectar producing plants of the prairie like the purple coneflower.

When this bee isn't flying around collecting pollen and nectar, it may be producing larvae that grow in stems of plants, like sumac or in soil where there are abandoned tunnels or burrows. Yellow-faced bees deposit pollen and nectar for the larvae to eat.