Cuckoo Bee.

While photographing moths on the Xerochrysums, a cuckoo bee flew in to the neighbouring plant causing a hurried rearrangement of priorities. This Chequered Cuckoo Bee, Thyreus caeruleopunctatus must have been very hungry, as it took no notice of the hand reaching out to grasp the flower stem to steady it against the breeze, or the flash from the camera in the other hand. Cuckoo bees lay their eggs in the nests of both blue-banded and leaf cutting bees, both of which have appeared in these posts.

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