Thyreus caeruleopunctatus, commonly known as the chequered cuckoo bee, is a parasitic bee of the genus Thyreus , also called cuckoo bees. It is a stocky bee, notable for its brilliant metallic blue and black banded colors.
Apidae is the largest family within the superfamily Apoidea, containing at least 5700 species of bees. The family includes some of the most commonly seen bees, including bumblebees and honey bees, but also includes stingless bees, carpenter bees, orchid bees, cuckoo bees, and a number of other less widely known groups. Many are valuable pollinators in natural habitats and for agricultural crops.
The term cuckoo bee is used for a variety of different bee lineages which have evolved the brood parasitism behaviour of laying their eggs in the nests of other bees, reminiscent of the behavior of cuckoo birds. The name is perhaps best applied to the apid subfamily Nomadinae, but is commonly used in Europe to mean bumblebees Bombus subgenus Psithyrus. Females of cuckoo bees are easy to recognize in almost all cases, as they lack pollen collecting structures and do not construct their own nests. They often have reduced body hair, abnormally thick and/or heavily sculptured exoskeleton, and saber-like mandibles, although this is not universally true; other less visible changes are also common.
Corda is a settlement in the island of Santo Antão, Cape Verde. It is part of the municipality Ribeira Grande. It is situated in the mountainous interior of the island at about 1,000 meters elevation, 13 km north of the island capital Porto Novo. Corda consists of several villages, including Chã de Corda and Esponjeiro. The national road from Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande (EN1-SA01) passes through Corda. The crater of Cova lies 4 km to the southeast. Corda lies in the Cova-Paul-Ribeira da Torre Natural Park.
The wildlife of Cape Verde is spread over its archipelago of ten islands and three islets, which all have parks under their jurisdiction by decree promulgated by the Cape Verde government. Located off the west coast of Africa, the total land area of the island nation is 4,564 square kilometres (1,762 sq mi). The wildlife consists of many tropical dry forest and shrub land, endemic flora and fauna, and rare breeding seabirds and plants, which are unique to this group of islands.
The Melectini are a tribe of medium- to large-sized apid bees found essentially worldwide. They are brood parasites of the related typical digger bees (Anthophorini) and occasionally visit flowers e.g. in prairie landscapes of the United States.
Amegilla cingulata is a species of blue-banded bees that is native to Australia and occurs in many other regions. Currently, several scientific organizations are conducting research on how A. cingulata benefits agriculture through its distinctive "buzz pollination". These bees are very important for the production of food and contribute to at least 30% of crops in Australia.
Thyreus is an Old World genus of bees, one of many that are commonly known as cuckoo bees, and are cleptoparasites of other species of bees, mostly in the genus Amegilla. They all have strongly contrasting patterns of coloration - three species from the Sydney region, Thyreus nitidulus, T. lugubris, and T. caeruleopunctatus are bright blue and black.
Thyreus nitidulus, commonly known as the neon cuckoo bee, is a parasitic bee of the genus Thyreus, called cuckoo bees. It is a stocky bee, notable for its brilliant metallic blue- and black-banded colors.
Amegilla bombiformis, commonly known as the teddy bear bee or golden haired mortar bee, is an Australian native bee in the family Apidae.
Thyreus histrio, is a species of bee belonging to the family Apidae subfamily Apinae.
Thyreus insignis, is a species of bee belonging to the family Apidae subfamily Apinae.
Thyreus ramosellus, is a species of bee belonging to the family Apidae subfamily Apinae.
Thyreus surniculus, is a species of bee belonging to the family Apidae subfamily Apinae. It is found in India, and Sri Lanka.
Thyreus takaonis, is a species of bee belonging to the family Apidae subfamily Apinae.
Thyreus elegans is a species of bee in the subfamily Apinae. It is found in Eurasia and Africa.
Thyreus shebicus is a species of cleptoparisitic bee belonging to the genus Thyreus and the family Apidae. It is found in northern Yemen and southwestern Saudi Arabia
Thyreus garouensis is a cleptoparasitic species of bee from Northern Cameroon in Central Africa. It belongs to the genus of Thyreus, whose members are often referred to as cuckoo bees, and to the family Apidae.
Thyreus abdominalis is a species of bee belonging to the genus Thyreus, the members of which are often referred to as cuckoo bees. Like all bees in this genus, it is cleptoparasitic. It is found throughout southern and eastern Asia.
Thyreus denolli is an African species of kleptoparisitic bee. It belongs to the tribe Melectini and to the genus Thyreus, the members of which are often referred to as 'Cuckoo bees', due to their parasitic behaviour. It is one of the most distinctive Thyreus bees in Cape Verde.