Common mourning bee

common mouning bee

Active Months

From March to June.

Nesting Habits

Unlike most bees, the Mourning Bee is a ‘nest parasite’.

How To Identify A Common Mourning Bee

They have an easily identifiable, fury grey collar although they have been known to be all black on occasion. They also have white spots along the abdomen which are pointed at the rear.


As a ‘Cuckoo Bee’, the common mourning bee lays her eggs in another bees nest, namely the nests of hairy-footed flower bees! The unsuspecting mother will feed the cuckoo bees larvae until it’s ready to leave the nest…. sneaky!

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