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Carpenter bee

Xylocopa sp.


This guy doesn't care about my presence. it just flying and come back again to the same position / place for several times.


My friend Mr.Sivakumar Kulandaiswamy - a Entomologist , who told me that this Tan color is very rare to see in our area.
The location maps saying that Kallar from Kerala. Acutally place "Kallar" is from Tamilnadu State and it located at foot hills of Nilgirs...
family Xylocopidae

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That is Wonderful Mr Ridgway
It will be a pleasure to meet you during my visit to Kodaikanal.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Sivakumar sir... I have just begun my biology journey well after the age of 60. Is there any hope for me or should I give up now? :-)
Next time I visit my family in Kodaikanal I will be exploring the wonderful biology of the Palni hills and forests. I can't wait.

Thanks Mr Mark Ridgway
I am always cautious about this.I do not like any slips in scientific names.
Hence I have vented out my feelings by this apology.
Thanks again

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

No apologies necessary Sivakumar! That is what this community is for - we all help each other. Those pesky phones. :)

Dear Krishnamurthy
A Beautiful nice shot it is!
I have typed as Xylocopa sp Subfamily Xylocopinae Family Apidae. But unfortunately in my android phone it has misspelt all and also above 60 I should not depend on my mind alone when giving name,family etc without proper verification.. I request a confirmation before posting can solve such issues in a scientific forum.
@Mr Mark Ridgeway I sincerely apologise and indeed regret a lot for the error and I shall be careful in future.Regards

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Maybe Xylocopa pubescens male

KrishnaMurthy-K 6 years ago

Txs Mark for the corrections.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Nice find Krishna. Most of the ones I remember from TN and Kerala were black/blue. Sivakumar VK has mis-spelled his names. The scientific name here should contain "Xylocopa sp." (not Xylocarpa) Please also remove the family name (which should have been Xylocopidae not Xylocarpidae). Well done sir !!

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Kerala, India

Spotted on Oct 5, 2014
Submitted on Nov 8, 2014

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