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And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

Yes, that is correct. It is one of Australia's cuckoo bees & this one lays it's eggs in the nest of the following Blue-banded bee (the blue is very pale on this specimen).


KC153125[CaOne]adj-cr by Ross, Blue-banded Bee on Flickr

The Neon Cuckoo Bee.

KC152911[CaOne]adj-cr by Ross, Neon Cuckoo Bee on Flickr


KC152942[CaOne]adj-cr by Ross, Neon Cuckoo Bee on Flickr


KC152957[CaOne]adj-cr 3 by Ross, Neon Cuckoo Bee on Flickr


KC152961[CaOne]adj-cr by Ross, on Flickr


KC153023[CaOne]adj-cr by Ross, Neon Cuckoo Bee on Flickr
All taken with E-M1 Mk II with 40-150 lens & MC14 & images have been cropped, some quite a bit.

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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

Pretty bees as well as pretty birds Ross. Is there no end to the Oz species.

SO well taken, movement frozen, and pin sharp. Great photos ………...
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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

That's a ridiculous colour Ross! Is it a warning colour because it stings or is toxic (or maybe you whacked up the saturation )?

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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

Superb photography and thanks for the background info, I've learned something!
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That's a ridiculous colour Ross! Is it a warning colour because it stings or is toxic (or maybe you whacked up the saturation )?

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That's the natural colour Jim (with a slight addition of saturation only). The link I provided also shows how vivid the colour is too. I don't know anything about the toxicity of its sting though.
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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

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That's the natural colour Jim (with a slight addition of saturation only). The link I provided also shows how vivid the colour is too. I don't know anything about the toxicity of its sting though.
Not the sort of thing you’d want to find out the hard way. Nice shots.
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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

Nice shots Ross


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That's the natural colour Jim (with a slight addition of saturation only). The link I provided also shows how vivid the colour is too. I don't know anything about the toxicity of its sting though.

Most solitary bees have no sting
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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

Blue bees - whatever next?

Great shots though Ross. Thanks for posting.
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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

Exceptionally clever, well timed shots there, Ross. The 40-150 on an M1 Mkii is a howler!
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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

Really enjoyed seeing those and learning!
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The 40-150 on an M1 Mkii is a howler!
Surely you mean a 'ripper' Mark? Over here a 'howler' is mistake!

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Yeah but ya can howl wiv 'citement can't ya ��
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Surely you mean a 'ripper' Mark? Over here a 'howler' is mistake!

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Yeah but ya can howl wiv 'citement can't ya ��
I guess it's it's all the context. I remember ripper meaning something pretty horrifying & then there is howling in pain.

I'm just going to go with 'a you beaut' lens.
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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

Excellent shots Ross. Never heard of a Blue Bee or a Cuckoo Bee either, really nice to see.
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Re: And now 'Enter the Neon Cuckoo Bee'.

A very attractive species.

While the Honeybee cannot do the "buzz pollination" our native bumblebees can and are supplied as artificially-raised colonies to tomato growers.

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