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Carpenter bee Xylocopa on passion flower

Xylocopa sp.


Large bee (about 3-4 cm long), looks black but its iridiscent. Its foraging on passion flowers (maracuyá); the flowers are about 5 cm in diameter. Check the back of the insects with lots of pollen.


On forests, but I spotted this at my parents house in the suburbs. These was on a maracuyá (passion fruit, originated from Brazil) wine which outgrowed an orange tree. I have seen smaller xylocopinae pollinating smaller (wild) passion flower species on the coastal scrublands of Yucatán.


I was at the roof making photos and could see that these insects came from very far. I had a 35 mm by the time with a poor zoom, these actually are scanned and cropped pictures.

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1 Comment

Dunia Ya Uzuri
Dunia Ya Uzuri 8 years ago

I love the film on this! Gorgeous :)

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Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

Spotted on May 4, 2000
Submitted on May 4, 2012

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