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Carpenter bee - Male

Xylocopa frontalis (Olivier, 1789)


Carpenter bees are large bees distributed worldwide. Some 500 species of carpenter bees are in the 31 subgenera. Their common name is because nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers. Measuring from 40 to 55 mm, they are the largest bee in Brazil.


They occur in tropical and subtropical habitats around the world, and occasionally in temperate areas.
I found this critter near the jungle of Atlantic Forest, at Parque São Vicente, in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, and I took these photos while it was on the flowers of jasmim-da-índia (Quisqualis indica).


The town of the coordinates (lat: -22.537662, long: -43.228514) that I used for search, is not DUQUE DE CAXIAS, as reports the search map tool of this page, but PETRÓPOLIS, as shown here:

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Duque de Caxias, RJ, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 16, 2009
Submitted on Mar 9, 2016

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