Neon cuckoo bee

Thyreus nitidulus

''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.
Thyreus Nitidulus - Neon Cuckoo Bee Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields. Bandung,Geotagged,Indonesia,Java,Thyreus nitidulus,West Java,Winter,bee,cuckoo bee,neon


Like all bees, the neon cuckoo bee is covered by furry, branched, flattened hair, which is responsible for both the black and blue colours. Pale blue hair covers much of the face on the head, as well as patches on the sides of the thorax and the legs. The abdomen is striped with bright blue and black, and the transparent wings are purple-tinged brown in colour. The bee is sturdy in build, with a reinforced thorax.
Neon cuckoo bee, Thyreus nitidulus sucking nectar on the Bachelor's Button flower, Gomphrena Globosa  Geotagged,Indonesia,Neon cuckoo bee,Spring,Thyreus nitidulus


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 is derived from the diminutive of the Latin adjective ''nitidus'' "shining" .
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


The female neon cuckoo bee seeks out the burrow nests of the blue-banded bee, and lays an egg into a partly completed brood cell while it is unguarded. The larval cuckoo bee then consumes the larder and later emerges from the cell.


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SpeciesT. nitidulus
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