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Xylocopa violacea - bees - blue shimmering wings
Xylocopa violacea - bees - blue shimmering wings

The European carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea)
The European carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) is of the order Hymenoptera and belongs to the bee family. It is found in Southern and Central Europe and is one of the largest wild bees in Germany. Xylocopa violacea are 20 to 28 mm in length. They are almost black in colour and have hairs which are dark grey. Their wings are dark brown with a shimmer of blue. The European carpenter bee inhabits warmer areas and prefers river valleys, forest edges and gardens.
Xylocopa violacea
Xylocopa violacea
Both males and females overwinter. In spring they mate. When it is time to lay eggs the female gnaws a tunnel into dead wood, up to 30 cm in length. At the end of the tunnel is a cell which is approximately 2.5 cm wide ; the female brings pollen and nectar here and lays an egg. She then seals the cell with chippings which she glues together with her saliva. In the direction of the exit the female then builds a new cell and then another and so on. When the larvae hatch they are like maggots and they develop for 3 weeks. They then turn into pupae and finish their development in June.
Xylocopa violacea - side face
Xylocopa violacea - side face
Adult Xylocopa violacea fly in summer, autumn and the following spring. Their main food sources are pollen and nectar. People are rarely stung by Xylocopa violacea.
Xylocopa violacea - Front vies
Xylocopa violacea - Front vies
Bee - Xylocopa violacea
Bee - Xylocopa violacea
Xylocopa violacea hanging on a flower
Xylocopa violacea hanging on a flower
Black Bee with blue wings
Black Bee with blue wings
Side view of a Xylocopa violacea
Side view of a Xylocopa violacea
Xylocopa violacea - Rear view
Xylocopa violacea - Rear view
Xylocopa violacea
Xylocopa violacea

Xylocopa (Xylocopa) violacea
Common namesViolet carpenter bee, European Carpenter Bee
German namesGroße Holzbiene, Blaue Holzbiene, Blauschwarze Holzbiene, Holzbiene, Schwarze Holzbiene
Dutch namesBlauwzwarte houtbij
Danish namesTømrerbi
Finnish namesSinirautamehiläinen
Swedish namesSvartsnickarbi
French namesAbeille charpentière, Mouche charpentière
AuthorMüller, 1776

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark)), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Switzerland, Benelux (Netherlands)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Greece (Aegean Islands (Crete)), Yugoslavia (Croatia, Macedonia))
Far East (Southeast Asia (Indonesia), East Asia (China, Mongolia)), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Israel, Iran, Oman)), Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan))


West Palaearctic

CountriesAustria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mongolia, Netherlands, Oman, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
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Xylocopa violacea in Wikipedia (English)

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1. Xylocopa violacea - bees - blue shimmering wings
2. Xylocopa violacea
3. Xylocopa violacea - side face
4. Xylocopa violacea - Front vies
5. Bee - Xylocopa violacea
6. Xylocopa violacea hanging on a flower
7. Black Bee with blue wings
8. Side view of a Xylocopa violacea
9. Xylocopa violacea - Rear view
10. Xylocopa violacea
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AuthorMüller, 1776
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