Cuckoo bees

In addition to pollen-collecting bees and flies, Claytonia is also visited by a few cuckoo bees, bees that lay their eggs in the nests of other bees. These bees look more like wasps than other bees – their bodies are more slender and less hairy, and their wings are thinner. Because they don’t collect pollen themselves, they will not have clumps on pollen on their bodies or legs, only loose pollen on their bodies. These bees often have red and yellow markings.

Cuckoo bee (Nomada sp.) on Claytonia virginica

Cuckoo bee (Nomada sp.) on Claytonia virginica


Cuckoo bee (Nomada sp.) on Claytonia virginica

Cuckoo bee (Nomada sp.) on Claytonia virginica