Monday, May 21, 2012

Strange Bee-haviour

I found this little cuckoo bee (Nomada sp. - possibly N. succinta, but there are scores of rather similar species to choose from!)   clinging on in his strange way to a developing Amelanchier fruit in the garden this afternoon, apparently feeding on something that looks like it might be a fungal mould. It has beautiful eyes but rather less attractive habits, since it's a kleptoparasite of the nests of other solitary bees. 


Africa Gomez over at BugBlog has just posted some very fine photos of its victims and Annie Gates, a gifted young wildlife photographer, has another photo of a cuckoo bee, much better than mine, over on her father's blog at The Living Isle.

3 comments:

  1. I totally agree with what Caroline said.

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  2. Thanks Uncle Phil! I'm enjoying reading your blog! xx

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  3. Hi Annie, I'm really impressed with your photos. Your picture of the peacock butterfly that Rob posted the other day was brilliant!

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