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A large and impressive bee, rather big insect belonging to the sub-family Xylocopinae. Twice as large as honey bee, with massive body and huge head. Body all black, with wings with violet sheen. Heavy buzzing sound when passing by.
Common and widespread in the Mediterranean region. Seen in an open area rich in wild flowers - Arboretum in Trsteno, near Dubrovnik. Nests in dead wood.