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Carpenter Bee (Afrotropical)

Xylocopa caffra


Medium sized Bee, about 1 inch long, solid black slightly glossy abdomen, two wide white stripes across the centre of his body.


Seen in an urban garden


He was obsessed with something under this chair and I could not get him to sit still for a wings down pic. oh now after identification, I see why she was so obsessed with this wooden chair. They build their nests in dead wood, bamboo or structural timbers.

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Spotted on Jan 4, 2016
Submitted on Jan 15, 2016

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