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Cuckoo Bees

Cuckoo Bees often stand out in a crowd with strikingly coloured iridescent blues, blacks, and whites.

Bees Bushland Heathland Urban Pollinators

Noongar Names: Ngoowak or Djilyara (Bee)

Scientific Name: Coelioxys spp. and Thyreus spp.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss

Will they visit?: Cuckoo Bees frequently visit home gardens

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region


Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Inside nests of other bees

Diet: Nectar and pollen

Water: Shallow bird baths

ReWild Benefit: Pollination

ReWild Benefits

Cuckoo Bees are not aggressive, but some species will sting if handled. Native bees are critical in sustaining local biodiversity as they can pollinate a greater variety of native plants compared to honeybees. If you see this busy bee in your backyard, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia.

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