Interesting Insects

Challenge #85 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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This challenge gives you the opportunity to showcase some interesting insects, or arthropods which you've captured on your camera. Let's think beyond honey bees, bumblebees, butterflies etc to some of the more unusual creatures you've found. If you don't know what they are, then another member might know. The insects should be outside in the natural world if possible, doing their natural thing. Macro and close-up photos welcome. Size of entry:1,600px MAXIMUM.
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Neon Cuckoo Bee
by RuthC
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A rarely seen, and very elusive (in my garden) neon cuckoo bee seeking nectar in the alfalfa flowers. Apparently this bee parasitises the blue banded bee's burrow to lay its eggs. (I never knew that before!)
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Submitted: Saturday, 4th January, 2014 01:23 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 29th December, 2013
Focal length: 4.3 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Notes: Hand-held, very bright afternoon summer sunlight.
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