Thyreus waroonensisCommon name: Waroona cuckoo bee

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Found throughout Australia.

Description: Approximately 15mm long.

Notes: Cuckoo bees lay their eggs in the nests of blue-banded bees. The cuckoo bee’s egg hatches first and eats the provisions laid down by the nest builder.

References: Identification courtesy of Terry Houston, WA Museum.

Wildlife of Australia. Louise Egerton and Jiri Lochman. 2009