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|I captured this carpenter bee dining upon a lovely pink wildflower. |
Carpenter bees (the genus Xylocopa in the subfamily Xylocopinae) are large, hairy bees distributed worldwide, with some 500 described species and subspecies. They can be important pollinators on open-faced flowers, though many species are also known to "rob" nectar by slitting the sides of flowers with deep corollas. All but the subgenera Proxylocopa and occasional rare individuals in other species (e. g., X. virginica, which nest in the ground, adobe, brick, sandstone, or hardpan) build their nests in burrows in dead wood. In several species, females will live in tunnels alongside their own daughters or sisters, creating a sort of social group. They use wood bits to form partitions between the cells in the nest. A few species bore holes in wood dwellings and earn the enmity of some homeowners, though others regard them as pets. Since the tunnels are near the surface, structural damage is minor or nonexistent. A building at Cornell University possibly containing nests since the early 1930's, with very heavy nesting between 1966 and 1995, is still sound in 2006. Tolerating these bees in towns in northern industrial regions supports local agriculture, since insufficient habitat diversity exists far out in the country to support enough pollinators. They also reduce pressure on tropical fruit economies.
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- [2007-03-30 20:06]
Nice capture , but you didn't get his tool pouch and hammer in the shot. Good composition, color and details, thanks for sharing Ange.