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Carpenter Bee / Banded Bee

amegilla atrocincta


Nesting in burrows or in the ground, carpenter bees do not come more gracefull than this species. Very precise hover movements and it reminds me of a banded bee. Long tongue clearly visible and large eyes. Females construct burrows in clay soil and can make tureets of up to 70mm long. They are also known to sleep in groups with their jaws embedded in grass stems.


Subtropical woodland and savannah. Persistent in gardens


Cannon 100mm Macro lens. Shutter speed priority of 1/3000. ISO and F stop auto. very sunny bright day

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Michael Strydom
Spotted by
Michael Strydom

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -33.94, Long: 18.41

Spotted on Nov 26, 2018
Submitted on Nov 26, 2018

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