Definition of cuckoo bee in English:

cuckoo bee

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  • A bee which lays its eggs in the nest of another kind of bee, the young being raised and fed by the host.
    • Nomada and related genera (which parasitize solitary bees), and Psithyrus (which parasitize bumblebees), family Apidae
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    • Look for cuckoo bees flying low over the ground and foliage, hunting for foraging and nesting victims.
    • Mated female cuckoo bees hibernate through the winter, and emerge in the spring later than their hosts.
    • Typically, cuckoo bees that prey on solitary bees enter the nest to lay eggs while the host is out foraging.

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