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Carpenter bee - Xylocopa valga Thasos island, Greece. On field impossible to distinguish from X. violacea. Both species are reported from Thasos island. Animal,Animalia,Apidae,Apoidea,Arthropoda,Carpenter bee,Europe,Geotagged,Greece,Hymenoptera,Insect,Insecta,Nature,Spring,Thasos Island,Wildlife,Xylocopa valga Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. Super detailed shot, love the blue reflecting on the abdomen! Posted 4 years ago
  2. I love these bees - saw a number of them in Corfu last year - they didn't stay still long enough for me to get many good shots of them. Gentle giants though. Posted 4 years ago

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''Xylocopa valga'' is a species of carpenter bee common to: western, central and southern Europe, except for far northern latitudes; the Caucasus; Middle East; Central Asia; and Mongolia. The solitary bee has a black and blue coloured body, 20–27 mm in length, and densely covered with purple hairs. The small wings also have a purple tint. The bee creates cavity nests by gnawing the wood in the trunks of dead trees and in old wooden structures. It inhabits both forests and urban areas.

Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded May 28, 2016. Captured May 23, 2016 09:51 in Unnamed Road, Thasos 640 02, Greece.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO640
  • 100mm