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Great Carpenter Bees (genus Xylocopa)

The 24mm Great Carpenter Bees are the largest bees in Australia! They cut nest burrows in soft timber such as dead limbs of the mango tree.

The females (see photograph below) have glossy black abdomens and bright yellow waistcoats. (Male carpenter bees look quite different -- see photographs at the bottom of this page.)

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Above: this beautiful photograph of a female Great Carpenter Bee was kindly contributed by Peter O.

Carpenter bees

Above: photograph of two female Great Carpenter Bees, by Aussie Bee


The males of the Great Carpenter Bee have quite different colouring. They are covered with soft golden fur.

'Peter O' kindly contributed the following stunning photos to the Aussie Bee website. They show the male of the Great Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa), captured in mid flight!

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