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Beautiful Big Black Bee Taken in Arillas, Corfu. I saw these bees on a number of occasions but every time I tried to get a shot, by the time I broke away from eating food at the taverna and set the camera up (rookie mistake I know!) the bee flew away.<br />
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Out of all the creatures I took pictures of in Corfu - this was by far my favourite. I like how big it is an how gentle it is also. Looks intimidating at first but after spending a lot of time watching them, they seem to be very gentle creatures - just interested in gathering pollen :) Geotagged,Greece,Summer,Violet carpenter bee,Xylocopa violacea Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Beautiful Big Black Bee

Taken in Arillas, Corfu. I saw these bees on a number of occasions but every time I tried to get a shot, by the time I broke away from eating food at the taverna and set the camera up (rookie mistake I know!) the bee flew away.

Out of all the creatures I took pictures of in Corfu - this was by far my favourite. I like how big it is an how gentle it is also. Looks intimidating at first but after spending a lot of time watching them, they seem to be very gentle creatures - just interested in gathering pollen :)

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  1. Excellent capture, Stuart, very sharp and definitely an interesting bee. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you very much - Funnily enough, I didn't need to use the extension rings or screw on magnification lenses to capture this big bee ;) for the first time in ages, I just put the camera into automatic mode and auto-focus.... Posted 5 years ago

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''Xylocopa violacea'', the violet carpenter bee, Indian Bhanvra
is the common European species of carpenter bee, and one of the largest bees in Europe. Like most members of the genus ''Xylocopa'', it makes its nests in dead wood.

It is not particularly aggressive and will attack only if forced to. It is sometimes mistaken for the European hornet. This species is well known in India as the 'Bhanvra'.

In 2006 it was reported from Cardigan and 2007 it was found breeding in.. more

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Uploaded Jul 21, 2015. Captured Jul 19, 2015 12:18 in Eparchiaki Odos Magouladon-Afiona, Arillas Agiou Georgiou 490 81, Greece.
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO100
  • 55mm