Definition of cuckoo bee in English:

cuckoo bee

Syllabification: cuck·oo bee


A bee that lays its eggs in the nest of another species 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
More example sentences
  • 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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