Cuckoo bee

Cuckoo bee

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Caption: Cuckoo bee. Macrophotograph of a cuckoo bee (Thyreus sp.). Cuckoo bees are so named for their habit of laying eggs in the nests of other bee species. Bees of the genus Thyreus are nest parasites of bees of the genus Amegilla. 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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