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The Sneaky Cuckoo Bee

A cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, sips nectar from a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You could call it a slacker, a deadbeat, a moocher, a sponger, or a loafer. Or you could call it a cuckoo bee. Take the cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, a parasite of the digger bee, Anthophora. When the female Anthophora leaves its nest to...

A cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, sips nectar from a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, sips nectar from a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, sips nectar from a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora urbana, sips nectar from lavender. The cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, is a parasite of Anthophora. It lays eggs in the host's nest, resulting in death of the host's offspring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee, Anthophora urbana, sips nectar from lavender. The cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, is a parasite of Anthophora. It lays eggs in the host's nest, resulting in death of the host's offspring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophora urbana, sips nectar from lavender. The cuckoo bee, Xeromelecta californica, is a parasite of Anthophora. It lays eggs in the host's nest, resulting in death of the host's offspring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Why This Is Bee Is Cuckoo

A male cuckoo bee, Triepeolus concavus, on a blanket flower (Gaillardia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you visit the half-acre Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven,  a bee friendly garden on Bee Biology Road at the University of California, Davis, you might just see a cuckoo bee. The cuckoo bee (see below) is a male Triepeolus concavus, as...

A male cuckoo bee, Triepeolus concavus, on a blanket flower (Gaillardia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male cuckoo bee, Triepeolus concavus, on a blanket flower (Gaillardia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male cuckoo bee, Triepeolus concavus, on a blanket flower (Gaillardia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male cuckoo bee sipping nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male cuckoo bee sipping nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male cuckoo bee sipping nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Seeing Red

Sweat bee

It’s triple-digit hot and you’re relaxing in a swimming pool when suddenly you realize you have company. A knat-sized insect with a red abdomen lands next to you. It looks like a wasp. No, it looks like a bee. Wait, what is it? In this case (see...

Sweat bee
Sweat bee

THIS GNAT-SIZED insect with a red abdomen is a female cuckoo sweat bee from the genus Sphecodes. Fished out of a swimming pool, it is crawling around on a net. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 6:44 PM
Tags: cuckoo bee (5), Mace Vaughan (4), Robbin Thorp (232), Sphecodes (1)

Looking for Cheap Urban Real Estate

Jaime Pawelek

Chances are if you walked up to a group of people and asked "Have you seen a Megachile today?" they'd stare at you blankly.  What's a Megachile? It's a native bee, also known as a leafcutter bee.   When most people think about bees, they...

Jaime Pawelek
Jaime Pawelek

IN SUPPORT OF URBAN BEE DIVERSITY--Jaime Pawelek of UC Berkeley’s Department of Organisms and the Environment, discussed “Native California Bees: Looking for Cheap Urban Real Estate” at the Nov. 6 meeting of the Northern California Entomology Society. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cuckoo bee
Cuckoo bee

NOT YOUR BASIC BEE--The cuckoo bee, probably the genus Triepeolus and probably a male (according to Robbin Thorp), on a gum plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 5:49 PM

Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Cuckoo bee

We've all heard of the cuckoo clock. And most of us have heard of the  cuckoo bird (Cuculus canorus), which lays its eggs in the nest of birds of other species.  But the cuckoo bee? Yes, there is a cuckoo bee. The female lays her eggs in the...

Cuckoo bee
Cuckoo bee

This floral visitor is a cuckoo bee, "probably the genus Triepeolus (maybe Epeolus) and probably a male," said UC Davis emeritus professor Robbin Thorp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 1:21 PM
Tags: cuckoo bee (5), Robbin Thorp (232), Triepeolus (1)
 
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