walwyn Wed, 03/17/2010 - 20:39
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Xylocopa sp.
Xylocopa sp.


The Xylocopa genus of bees are commonly known as Carpenter bees. These are large black bees that somewhat resemble bumblebees but have a nonhairy abdomen. They are widely distributed around the world,and the genus contains some 500 species.


The common name of Carpenter bees comes from the fact that they tunnel into dead wood, bamboo, and timber to make their nests.