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|Who says that bugs cannot ride? This one is determant to get what he wants even if he has to ride the flower!|
Interesting contrast black and yellow...
The blue carpenter bee, XYLOCOPA VIOLACEA,
is found in southern and central Europe.
Easily identified by its color, this solitary bee flies in summer and autumn and again in spring, after hibernation. It is about 25 mm (approx. 1 in) long, glossy black all over, with sparse black hairs. The wings are dark brown with a lilac-blue colors. Despite its fast flight and fearsome appearance, it is not aggressive and rarely stings.
Carpenter bees usually attack fairly solid wood (e.g. dead unrotted trees and tree-stumps, felled timber, fence posts, etc.). They sometimes tunnel into the timbers and beams of houses, barns and other buildings, and may cause considerable structural damage if left unchecked. Each bee excavates a large nest-tunnel, often over 30 cm long, divided into a number of separate cells by partitions of chewed wood chips. Each cell is then filled with a mass of nectar and pollen on which the female lays an egg. Like other solitary bees, when nesting is finished the female bee leaves her eggs and grubs to develop on their own, through to the next generation of adults.
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- [2006-04-16 13:36]
Very beautiful on colours!
Very good POV!
5* and TFS!
Great macro shot of this bee , love the sharpness in this pic. Good DOF and compostion.
- [2006-04-17 22:07]
Nice shot, Tanja. I like that contrast.
A very well done Macrophoto...lots of details. Good lighting.
- [2009-09-07 5:54]
Terrible shot,interesting insect.Congratulation.Alin.