The Southern Cuckoo bee
, which is usually found in the south of England, was spotted by Bumblebee Conservation Trust officer Bob Dawson near Humbleton Hill, in Berwickshire.
Red-tailed, carder, bufftailed and early bumblebee were all spotted along with a magnificent queen cuckoo bee," Peter explains.
With Mike Barrow, Jim watched buff-tailed and carder bees and a parasitic cuckoo bee.
We report for the first time wasps of the family Eurytomidae (Hymenoptera: Chale id oidea) and a cuckoo bee, Coelioxys (Rhinocoelioxys) sp.
We found a cuckoo bee, Coelioxys (Rhinocoelioxys) sp.
Hill cuckoo bee
(Psithyrus rupestris): Becoming scarce countrywide but, once again, is breeding well within the county.
So called because,like the cuckoo,it is parasitic.
There is a bee which, because it has no workers to make its nest, lays its eggs in the nest of another type of bee and has therefore become known as the cuckoo bee
Or that cuckoo bees
survive by worming their way into bumblebee nests, overthrowing the queen and enslaving the inhabitants?
The decline of the bumble bees and cuckoo bees
(Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombini) of western and central Europe.
Chapter 5: Natural Enemies, an extensive chapter, describes work on parasitoids, viruses, bacteria, fungi, Protozoa, nematodes, and other commensals including cuckoo bees
in relationship to bumblebees.
Because their population sizes are generally much smaller than those of their host(s), cuckoo bees
are thought to be more vulnerable and more prone to local extinction than their hosts.