Thyreus waroonensisCommon name: Waroona Cuckoo Bee
Distribution: Found throughout Australia.
Description: Approximately 15 millimetres 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.
These photographs were taken in December and January.
References: Identification courtesy of Terry Houston, WA Museum.
Wildlife of Australia. Louise Egerton and Jiri Lochman. 2009