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Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa (Lestis))

Aussie Bee Homepage > Rescuing Native Bees > Lestis Carpenter Bees

The magnificent metallic green carpenter bee (about 20 mm long) which lives inside the dry flower spikes of grass trees (Xanthorrhoea), is now only known in coastal Queensland and NSW, and in Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

The range of this dazzling bee is being steadily reduced by massive loss of their nesting sites. Land clearing for farming, housing and vineyards has destroyed thousands of carpenter bee nest sites. Furthermore, the remaining grass trees are producing less flower spikes because there are less bush fires, and grass trees need fire to stimulate flowering.

University scientists in South Australia are doing some exciting research on carpenter bees. If you have seen the metallic green carpenter bee in Victoria or other areas of South Australia please let us know and we will pass the information on!

For more information about the spectacular carpenter bees (genus Xylocopa (Lestis)), see the fascinating illustrated feature article in Aussie Bee Issue 3.

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