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Violet Carpenter Bee

Violet Carpenter Bee
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-01 9:47
Viewed: 3339
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Xylocopa violacea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family : Apidae

The Violet carpenter bee is readily identified by its color. This handsome 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 opaque wings are dark brown with a lilac-coloured sheen. 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 (12 in) long, divided off into a number of separate cells by partitions of chewed wood chips. Each cell is stocked 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.
It is noteworthy that the Genus name, Xylocopa, is derived from the Greek noun "xylon", meaning wood, and the Greek verb "copto", meaning to cut. (Source: Nature Pelion)

Photo taken on Ikaria island.

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hello Catherine
great sunshine picture
beautiful this Bee
great details and good scharpness with a nice composition
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

What a great Violet carpenter bee !
Wonderful details and colors!
Great flower too!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-01 10:19]

Bonsoir Catherine,
Quels macro superbe! Superbe détail et clarté. Et la description offerte est top, félicitations.
Une belle soirée,

Ciao Catherine. You've found a beautiful light to exalt soft colour. Nice dymanic and detailed macro shot.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-01 11:03]

Hi Catherine. This is one i have not seen so thanks for posting this fine close up. Your top POV lets us see the whole of the body with fine detail and rich colours. Good use of the light . well taken TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-02 6:37]

Bonjour Catherine
Quel belle image.Jolie composition et image bien en focus.Le detail est excellent et les couleurs sont sublime.
Merci Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-03 9:18]

Hello Catherine,
A fine capture of this beautiful dark Bee that we don't find here. I like your POV, the beautiful wings and the way it is covered with pollen from the pretty flower. A lovely background too!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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