Cuckoo bee

Cuckoo bee

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Caption: Cuckoo bee. Macrophotograph of a cuckoo bee (Epeolus erigeronis). Cuckoo bees are so named for their habit of laying eggs in the nests of other bee species. This very rare species lays its eggs in the nest of bees of the genus Colletes. Photographed by the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab: an organisation dedicated to identifying, cataloguing and monitoring bees and other insect species.

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