Definition of cuckoo bee in English:

cuckoo bee


  • A bee that lays its eggs in the nest of another species of bee, the young being raised and fed by the host.

    • ‘Typically, cuckoo bees that prey on solitary bees enter the nest to lay eggs while the host is out foraging.’
    • ‘The cuckoo bees lay eggs in other bee nests and let the host bees take care of their young.’
    • ‘Female cuckoo bees hijack bumblebee colonies letting the workers raise their eggs for them.’
    • ‘Look for cuckoo bees flying low over the ground and foliage, hunting for foraging and nesting victims.’
    • ‘Mated female cuckoo bees hibernate through the winter, and emerge in the spring later than their hosts.’