Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus sp., Apidae)
This genus of bees parasitises other bees larvae, that is they don’t build their own nests but lay their eggs in the nests of other bee species. Apart from their brilliant colours, they also adopt this strange roosting behaviour as evening approaches, tightly grasping the ends of twigs and grass tips with their jaws to rest.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese Hymenopterans (wasps, hornets, bees, ants and sawflies) on my Flickr site HERE…..
this bee is taking a nap by hanging onto a stick with its jaws and then standing on its head. why has no one told me about this before?