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Metallic Carpenter Bee?

Xylocopa bombylans


Large, bright blue insect with a very loud buzz.


Riparian bush land - Harry's Hut camping area, Great Sandy National Park, Queensland.


Seen near the canoe-launch area at Harry's Hut. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a clear shot but I believe this is a Metallic Carpenter bee. I can't find a pic that looks exactly like it.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Nice spotting then. Antennae, colour and abdominal segments look good.

ShannaB 5 years ago

Nah, we both looked at that. We're sure this is a bee. It was huge, much bigger and fatter than a wasp.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

..hmm it does look like bee antennae in #1

ShannaB 5 years ago

Yeah. Nath and I are both really leaning towards bee, but honestly, neither of us really have any idea.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Good colour. Did you check the Scolid wasps?

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Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -26.19, Long: 153.03

Spotted on Apr 16, 2014
Submitted on Apr 25, 2014

Spotted for Mission

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