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This is a Xylocopa philippinensis Smith, 1854, a large Yellow-banded Carpenter Bee endemic to the Philippines. Carpenter bees build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers. Looks a lot like the female of Xylocopa caffra - black with two yellow bands over the hind thorax and first abdominal segment. But X. caffra is a species of Afrotropical carpenter bee that ranges from central to southern Africa and Madagascar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylocopa_ca...).
Spotted in the backyard, amongst zinnia flowers.
Spotted on Sep 9, 2012
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012