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Cuckoo bee photo gallery 2010.
Cuckoo bee photo gallery 2011.

The Thyreus Cuckoo Bees are stunningly beautiful but these bees lead a life of deceit! They behave like cuckoo birds -- laying their eggs in the nests of other bees.

Some species of Thyreus Cuckoo Bees have blue spots while others have white spots. (Another kind of cuckoo bee lays its eggs in the nests of Leafcutter Bees.)


The Neon Cuckoo Bee, Thyreus nitidulus, with glittering metallic blue spots, lays its eggs in the nests of Blue Banded Bees.

'Peter O' kindly contributed this magnificent photo of a Neon Cuckoo Bee:

native Neon Cuckoo Bee by Peter O


Erica Siegel of Queensland kindly contributed the following vibrant photographs of the Neon Cuckoo Bee:

Thyreus Cuckoo Bee by Erica Siegel

Above: Erica Siegel's fabulous photo of a Neon Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus nitidulus).

Neon Cuckoo Bee by Erica Siegel

Above: the Neon Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus nitidulus) has dazzling patches of jewel-like blue fur on its black body.

Thyreus nitidulus by Erica Siegel

More stunning photos of cuckoo bees by Erica Siegel.


A closely related Cuckoo Bee with white patches of fur, the Domino Cuckoo Bee, Thyreus lugubris, preys on the nests of Teddy Bear Bees.

Domino Cuckoo Bee

Above: A striking Domino Cuckoo Bee, photographed by Aussie Bee.

The Thyreus Cuckoo Bees are about 10-13 mm long and belong to the family Apidae. They are found Australia-wide, except in Tasmania.

Cuckoo bee photo gallery 2010.
Cuckoo bee photo gallery 2011.
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