The Neon Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus nitidulus) is a parasitic bee, in the family, found in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and SE Asia . It is a stocky bee, notable for its brilliant metallic blue and black banded colors. Like all bees, the neon cuckoo bee is covered by furry branched flattened hair, which is responsible for both the black and blue colours.

The female neon cuckoo bee seeks out the burrow nests of the blue-banded bee (Amegilla cingulata), and lays an egg into a partly completed brood cell while it is unguarded. The larval cuckoo bee then consumes the larder and later emerges from the cell…

(read more: Encyclopedia of Life)

photos: T - John Tann; B - Louise Docker

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