Cuckoo Bee
Genus Nomada

cuckoo bee
Cuckoo Bees are parasites of other bees.  According to, they "enter the nests of their hosts
when the host is absent and lay their eggs into the wall of the cell.  
This Cuckoo Bee was in the Jordanelle
Dam wetlands in Wasatch County, Utah.  © Carol Davis, 7-18-2010

cuckoo bee Nomada
This pathetic picture is of the same bee and, blurry though it may be, it does serve its
purpose and that is to show what the body looks like beneath the wings (the bee's wings
are in motion).  Cuckoo Bees are often mistaken for wasps.
© Carol Davis, 7-18-2010

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