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  Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus caeruleopunctatus)





Cuckoo Bee | Thyreus caeruleopunctatus photo
Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus sp.) on Bog sage

Image by Louise Docker - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



CUCKOO BEE FACTS

Identification
The Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus species) is a black bee with light blue patches on the back and sides. They are called cuckoo bees because they lay their eggs in the burrows of other bees.

Breeding
The Cuckoo Bee lays an egg in the burrow of a Blue-banded Bee or Teddy Bear Bee (members of the Amegilla genus). When the Cuckoo Bee egg hatches, it feeds on the Amegilla bee egg or larvae.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Apidae
Genus:Thyreus
Species:caeruleopunctatus
Common Name:Cuckoo Bee

Relatives in same Genus
  Neon Cuckoo Bee (T. nitidulus)