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.
- 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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