Just a picture of a carpenter bee's wing. I love the colour and shimmer of them in the sun. Unfortunately this specimen was dead when I took the picture (possibly old age). It interested me to see how damaged the wings are of Bees but I suppose with them flying around all say and coming in/out of wooden nests, they are bound to catch the wings on things - such as I've seen on butterflies too.
''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