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Blue carpenter bee

Xylocopa caerulea

Description:

A large bee, close to an inch in length, with a hairy blue thorax and black abdomen. Non-aggressive and long, thin eyes, both characteristics of females.

Habitat:

Adjacent to a small stream. Altitude 1000m.

Notes:

I spotted the elusive creature circling and examining the trunk of a tree. Not sure exactly what was going on, possibly searching for a nest site. Called carpenter bees because they drill holes in wood. Often considered a pest, as they cut holes to wooden frames. I did notice a couple of freshly cut round holes in the trunk, but apart from briefly examining one of these, they were ignored. From web images, these holes were very likely carpenter bee holes, so I will be keeping an eye on this tree from now on.

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10 Comments

ChristieEdmonds
ChristieEdmonds 9 years ago

Great pictures!!

injica
injica 9 years ago

Wow amazing!
suggestion mission: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8382...

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 9 years ago

Nice shot!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Nice series

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

How lovely!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Beautiful carpenter bee!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

Cool..

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Fantastic color!

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 9 years ago

Thanks Lauren :)

Dave

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Gorgeous!

folicallychalled
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Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Mar 14, 2013
Submitted on Mar 14, 2013

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