brood parasite

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brood parasite

any organism which deposits its eggs in the nest of another organism of the same or different species, which then rears the young upon hatching.
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enigmatica might be a temporary nest parasite, but many questions remain about the relationship of this species to its host.
The presence of 3 workers associated with 1 queen enigmatica is consistent with the hypothesis that enigmatica is a temporary nest parasite, but no mature colony has been found.
The cowbird is a nest parasite - they won't build their own nest, they will go around and take over the native birds' nests.
A comparison of nesting success and nesting habits in some Afrotropical aculeate wasps, with particular reference to nest parasites.
Unlike habitats containing Anthophora species in the Northern Hemisphere, no nest parasites (including parasitic bee species) are known to occur in Mondonedo (Gonzalez & Chavez 2004).
As for birds, the European starling and the brown-headed cowbird are both nest parasites, Swift said.
But the spread of farming created vast new expanses of suitable habitat, and the nest parasites were quick to exploit it.
Some birds line their nests with aromatic green plant material to repel nest parasites (Clark and Mason 1985, Wimberger 1984).