Nomade -- Cuckoo Bee

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    Like the cuckoo bird, these parasitic bees lay their eggs into the nests of other species. They have the unusual behavior of resting by hanging on a plant using only their mandibles.

    Comme le coucou, ces abeilles parasites pondent leurs oeufs dans les nids d'autres espèces. Elles se reposent en s'accrochant à une plante avec leurs seules mandibules.

    Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
    Class Insecta (Insects)
    Subclass Pterygota (Winged Insects)
    Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
    Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
    Subfamily Nomadinae (Cuckoo Bees)
    Genus Nomada

    Bas-Saint-Laurent -- Province de Québec -- Canada

    Canon PowerShot A620
    Prise en juin 2007 -- Taken in June 2007

    lobomarino82, THE BLACK RABBIT, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ccindigirard 83 months ago | reply

      Wow...great photo & I learned my new thing for the day:). Never even heard of these bees!! Interesting colors to them & some unusual behaviors...Thanka for posting this!!

    2. Gilles Gonthier 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks Cindi. I myself didn't know anything about this insect a few days ago. I did some research on the net after taking this shot. This bee is a little smaller than a honey bee.

    3. robb marchen 83 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Bees Please, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    4. doylesaylor 83 months ago | reply

      I like the caption almost as much as the photograph. I think this is a very good image. I'm tempted to go about how images balance between revealing and aesthetically pleasing. In this case you balance knowing in a good way, with good presentation.

    5. Yin Wang 83 months ago | reply

      Wow! Did you use telescope lens? Are they dangerous?

    6. Gilles Gonthier 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks Robb and Doyle.
      Thanks Yin Wang. No. I used the macro mode of my camera. The lens was at about 2 or 3 cm from the bee. No, they're not dangerous and rather small.

    7. THE BLACK RABBIT 72 months ago | reply

      I aspire to take photographs like you Gilles.
      Wonderful stuff.

    8. lepato 67 months ago | reply

      this is preety cool. never heard of it, tho.

    9. Shawn Caza 15 months ago | reply

      Nature is amazing! I used this photo in a graphic illustrating the differences between bees and wasps.

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