Thyreus narendrani : New Species Of Cuckoo Bee
Researchers from Kerala has been discovered a new species of cuckoo bee from the Kole wetlands and named it Thyreus narendrani.
- The new species belongs to the family Apidae of the order Hymenoptera.
- The genus Thyreus consists of cuckoo bees or cleptoparasitic bees.
- Cuckoo bees parasitise the nest of other bees by breaking and entering and laying their eggs.
- Unlike other female bees, cuckoo bees lack pollen-collecting structures.
- Once the cuckoo bee’s larva hatches out in the nest of the host bee, it consumes the food stored by the host for its own growing larva.
- Kole wetland is the largest brackish, humid tropical wetland ecosystem located in the state of Kerala.
- Extending from the northern bank of Chalakudy River in the south to the southern bank of Bharathapuzha River in the north
- It is situated in the central Asian Flyway of migratory birds.