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European Carpenter Bee (male)

European Carpenter Bee (male)
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, RAW ISO 400
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-05 14:03
Viewed: 2500
Points: 8
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My first macro here on treknature

LATER EDIT: after 3 hours of searching the internet I finally manage to identify this species.

Xylocopa violacea (lat.) // male European Carpenter Bee (en.) // mascul Albina Dulgher violacee (ro.)

These bees have powerful mandibles (jaws) that can dig tunnels in wood. Xylocopa violacea (below), a huge (20-23 mm long), black bee found in central and southern Europe nests in dead wood and digs a tunnel up to 30 cm long containing 10-15 cells. This bee holds the record for laying the largest egg of any insect.

Only the female can sting but will do so only if directly provoked. The male just buzzes about, guards the nest and looks after the female.
They prefer untreated soft wood to bore rather large holes. As these tend to be near the surface structural damage is unlikely.

They tend to visit anything that faintly represents a flower and thus I well believe that they are great pollinators. But they do take short cuts. They do rob nectar! As they are rather large - up to 2cm - they simply canít squeeze into any available flower. Now they do not waste any opportunity and bite a small hole near the stem so they can reach the nectar from outside.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
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Buna Anghel,

Ai realizat un close-up foarte reusit al acestei insecte. Focalizarea pe ochiul insectei este foarte buna iar DOF-ul cuprinde cea mai mare parte din corpul insectei.

TFS si toate cele bune,

Witaj Anghel,
wonderful picture, excellent capture, the details are amazing, great POV and composition.. well done
TFS and regards

excellent photo, I can see the pollen on this bee

Wow, this is wonderfull!Thank you for your perfect shot, CarOze

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