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neon cuckoo bee taken at gemini retreat in sapphire on the central queensland gemfields Australia,Fall,Geotagged,Neon cuckoo bee,Thyreus nitidulus,central queensland gemfields Click/tap to enlarge

neon cuckoo bee

taken at gemini retreat in sapphire on the central queensland gemfields

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''Thyreus nitidulus'', commonly known as the neon cuckoo bee, is a parasitic bee of the genus ''Thyreus'', called cuckoo bees. It is a stocky bee, notable for its brilliant metallic blue- and black-banded colors.

Originally described by Danish entomologist Johan Christian Fabricius in 1804 as ''Melecta nitidula'' – from a collection in the Aru Islands or northern Australia – it was given its current scientific name ''Thyreus nitidulus'' in 1959 by M. A. Lieftinck. The specific epithet.. more

Species identified by Jef braund
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By Jef braund

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Uploaded May 17, 2018. Captured Apr 25, 2018 03:47 in 197 Rockhound Rd, The Gemfields QLD 4702, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 24mm