Black bumble - Actually Xylocopa bee

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MacroLuv
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Black bumble - Actually Xylocopa bee

Post by MacroLuv »

On Bougainvillea flowers I guess. :D
Left antenna missing, though. :?
Handheld, full frame.
Sue, #2 with 1/80 s. :wink:

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Model Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Date/time original 26.05.2007 12:44:52
Shutter speed value 1/200 s
Aperture value f/11
ISO speed ratings ISO 400
Focal length 100 mm

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Model Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Date/time original 26.05.2007 12:45:15
Shutter speed value 1/80 s
Aperture value f/14
ISO speed ratings ISO 400
Focal length 100 mm

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Model Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Date/time original 26.05.2007 12:50:43
Shutter speed value 1/250 s
Aperture value f/11
ISO speed ratings ISO 400
Focal length 100 mm
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Post by salden »

Looks like this one has been in fight or has had a rough life so far. Nice images, especially #2 :wink: :lol:
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Post by DaveW »

Weird, from the colour it looks as if it has been creosoted!

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Post by Ken Ramos »

Never seen one exactly like this, I wonder if it could be a wood borer type. Nice photos of it though. :D

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Post by MacroLuv »

Thanks folks! :D
This creature is pretty common here.
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Post by Planapo »

Nikola, nice pictures of a black beauty of a bee, one of the biggest we have in our European fauna.

It is a bee of the genus Xylocopa and not a bumble bee. The latter are bees of the genus Bombus (and their chuckoos).

Xylocopa spp. nest in wood and pithy plant stems. The genus name Xylocopa is Greek and means wood cutter. In English they are sometimes referred to as "Carpenter bees". So Ken is quite right.

My five cents.:wink:
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Post by MacroLuv »

Thanks Betty! :D
Topic title corrected. 8)
No wondering about name (Xylocopa). As I saw on one of my photos it has a very strong claws and proboscis. :shock:
Ken, BINGO! :wink:
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Post by beetleman »

Excellent photos and specimen Nikola...I love the second one, the composition is wonderful. :smt023
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Post by MacroLuv »

Thanks Doug. Seems this kind of bee is very cooperative. :D
But not welcome one to call to fix any wooden parts. :lol:
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Post by crotermund »

Really nice pics, Nikola. Great angle on all 3 pics. I love the color combination in the 3rd pic also. I find that shooting solid black insects is very difficult, but you did an excellent job on this subject. :)
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