Common Name: Neon Cuckoo Bee
Scientific Name: Thyreus nitidulus
Size: 13 – 15mm (body length)
Location: Sitapaila, Kathmandu, Nepal
Cuckoo bees are solitary bees and as the name suggests they lay their eggs in other bee’s nests just like the cuckoo bird. The picture above shows a cuckoo bee sleeping and conserving its energy. They use their mandible to hold onto a branch to sleep. Cuckoo bees are parasitic bees and rely on other bee species for food and nests.
Please feel free to comment below if the above species has been misidentified.