cuckoo bee

noun

Definition of cuckoo bee

: any of various apoid bees (as members of the family Nomadidae) that live especially in the larval stage as inquilines or parasites in the nests of other bees

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“Cuckoo bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuckoo%20bee. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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