Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus sp., Apinae, Apidae)
This genus of bees parasitises other bees’ nests, i.e. 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…..