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Great Carpenter Bee Photos
by Kari Ludvigsen

Aussie Bee Homepage > New Native Bee Photos > Great Carpenter Bees

Kari Ludvigsen of Queensland kindly contributed the following three superb photographs of Great Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa) to the Aussie Bee website:

Xylocopa native bee

Above: as shown in this spectacular photo, Great Carpenter Bees are up to 24 mm long! They are the largest native bees in Australia. They are found in warm northern parts of Australia.

great carpenter bee

Above: the arrival of a foraging carpenter bee is announced by a loud buzz! They are intent on gathering nectar and pollen for their nest - however, female carpenter bees can sting so should be treated with respect.

Australian native bee

Above: as shown in this charming image by Kari Ludvigsen, Great Carpenter Bees enjoy the nectar of Grevillea flowers. However, these bees can also perform a special behaviour called 'buzz pollination' which makes them important pollinators of some Australian wildflower species.

The males of the Great Carpenter Bees look surprisingly different: they have olive coloured fur over most of their bodies -- see our Great Carpenter Bee photo gallery.

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