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METALLIC GREEN CARPENTER BEES (Xylocopa (Lestis))

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The spectacular female Metallic Green Carpenter Bee, (Xylocopa (Lestis)) cuts nest burrows in the flower spikes of grass trees or other soft timbers. In this photograph a female Green Carpenter Bee is resting beside the entrance to her nest burrow in a dead sapling:

native metallic green carpenter bee

These Metallic Green Carpenter Bees, up to 17 mm long, are eyecatching and make a loud buzz as they fly. They love to visit native pea flowers such as Gompholobium.

Xylocopa Lestis green carpenter bee

Male Lestis Carpenter Bees have quite different colouring from the females, and they also have a coat of fur over their thorax. Ernst van der Veen contributed the following two beautiful photos of a male Carpenter Bee in flight, clearly showing their fur and striking colour markings:

male carpenter bee by Ernst van der Veen

male Lestis bee by Ernst van der Veen

And in this fabulous image, Corinne Jordan-Ivers captured a male and a female Metallic Green Carpenter Bee feeding together:

male Lestis bee by Corinne Jordan-Ivers

The Lestis Metallic Green Carpenter Bees belong to the family Apidae. They are found in eastern areas of Queensland and New South Wales, as well as on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

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