Aussie Bee Online
New Articles

About Native Bees
What are Native Bees?
Bee Photo Gallery
Bees in Your Area
Common Questions
Rescuing Native Bees
Bees in Houses - Advice
Exotic Bumblebees

Stingless Native Bees
What are Stingless Bees?
Buying Stingless Bees
Keeping Stingless Bees
Honey Production
Crop Pollination

Study Native Bees
Field Guide
Information Booklets
Tim Heard's Book
John Klumpp's Book
Aussie Bee Back Issues

Support Native Bees
Aussie Bee Shop
Order Form
Who We Are
Privacy Policy
Free Newsletter
Website Survey

Coelioxys Bee Photo
by 'Peter O'

Aussie Bee Homepage > New Native Bee Photos > Coelioxys Bees

'Peter O' took this rare photograph of a distinctive Coelioxys bee in Townsville, Queensland:

coelioxys bee

Coelioxys bees are cuckoo bees (or 'cleptoparasites') which lay their eggs inside the nests of other types of bees in a similar way as cuckoo birds lay eggs in the nests of other types of birds.

These bees lay their eggs in the nests of leafcutter bees just as The Neon Cuckoo Bee lays its eggs in the nests of Blue Banded Bees.

The Coelioxys bee enters the nest of a leafcutter bee and uses its long tapering abdomen to insert eggs in between the layers of leaf surrounding the leafcutter bee brood cell, into the pollen mass inside. The eggs hatch into Coelioxys larvae which kill the leafcutter bee young and also eat the food stored for them.

There are five species of Coelioxys described in Australia -- in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria.

Search Aussie Bee Website:

Author: Anne Dollin
(See Anne Dollin's Google+ profile)

© 1997-2018 Australian Native Bee Research Centre
PO Box 74, North Richmond NSW 2754, Australia