Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Neon Cuckoo Bee

Gosh! it must be my lucky day to be able to capture a close-up shot of  this Neon Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus nitidulus) with my Nikon D3200 using a Af-S DXNikkor 35mm F/1.8G coupled with Raynox dcr 250 .  This is my first time seeing a Neon Cuckoo Bee live . It was resting on one of the flower bud.   I am amazed how this shot turned out !

The cuckoo bees are stunningly beautiful . They are very tiny and has dazzling patches of jewel-like blue fur on its black body.  They are attracted to blue flowers and they are effective pollinators of flax lillies and tomatoes.  They are Australia native's bees. These Neon Cuckoo bees lead a life of deceits ! They live like cuckoo birds  - laying their eggs on the nests of other bees :)  They prey on  the nests of blue banded bee and teddy bear bees. As the name suggests, these Neon Cuckoo bee lays its egg in the nest cell of its host, in this case the Blue banded bee, and then leaves.  The unsuspecting Blue-banded bee does all the hard work of digging the nest burrow, storing provisions of nectar and pollen and sealing the cell only to have its own larvae starve as the Neon Cuckoo bee larvae make use of the food supply.

I pray for more bees to come to my lil' space so that I can take more shots and improve my photography skills :)   Love this hobby of mine.  Learning the names of bees and their scientific names at my age is awesome and entertaining :)

awesome !

this beauty is resting 

It is attracted by blue flowers

beautiful shot :)

love how it balances itself on the tip of the flower bud

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