This species is one of two Masked Bees with red abdomens. Both are wetland specialists that have so far only been found near large Lake Champlain marshes.
Identification: The red base of the abdomen eliminates all other species except the Ornate Masked Bee (Hylaeus ornatus). Some specimens of both species can occasionally lack red, making them very similar to other Masked Bees.
Similar Species: The hind tibia of Nelumbo Masked Bees are half yellow and half black, while they are entirely yellow and orange on Ornate Masked Bees.
Global Status: Not Ranked
Vermont Status: Not Ranked
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