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Blue carpenter bee

Blue carpenter bee
Información de la foto
Copyright: Tanja Almazan (sily) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2005-07-10
Categorías: Insects
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2006-04-10 15:05
Vista: 3631
Puntos: 14
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I caught him feeding on a yellow flower one afternoon, he was large and lazy and it was easy to take 10 photos while he was feeding.
I did bit sharpening and color adding, and i croped the photo.

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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Gran vision global dela abeja carpintera,nitida y oportuna.En Argentina se los llama vulgarmente abejorros y los hay solitarios(CON DORSO CONVEXO SIN PELOS) aunque hacen nidos varios especimenes en el mismo tronco y los sociales (DORSO PELUDO AMARILLO O NEGRO) que suelen hacer nidos en la tierra

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-04-10 17:29]

Hi Tanja,
Great macro shot - beautiful colour balance and detail. Thanks for the note - very informative.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-11 6:22]

Very good shot of this big bee!
Very good on details and colour!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-12 13:18]
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Hello Tanja , This bee ,beautifull , i never seen before , hi is beautifull compositie and details ,very good ,Greeting Teunie .

Wow our bees don't look like that they are just yellow and brown here so it is great to see a different type and with such great colours in the wings as well. You've got great detail here as well, a great shot.

Just catching up with my critiques, sorry for the delay :)

I've never seen one of these bees before, they are beautiful and you've captured it very wekll.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 462 W: 14 N: 366] (2689)
  • [2006-07-08 11:31]

Hi Tanja, nisam znao da je TO pčela, Dobrao si je uhvatila i opisala.

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