Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Sitio realizado por aficionados a la observación de aves desde 10 de enero 2006

Carpenter bee - Xylocopa sp.

Family Apidae
The genus Xylocopa belongs in this family. .
Carpenter bees are easily confused with bumblebees. They are similar in size an appearance. The difference lies in that carpenter bees have a smooth texture on most of their abdomen, meanwhile bumblebees are completely covered with hair. Carpenter bees do not eat wood. They drill a hole into the wood to make a nest. The hole will be the entrance to adjacent many adjacent tunnels. That is, they do not build the typical honeycombs
They do not sting unless they are provoked. But their size and aspect may cause innecessary panic to people.

Xylocopa frontalis males. They are completely yellow with some dark bands on the abdomen divisions
Xylocopa-frontalisM-CyT-4© C. y T. Di Mauro Xylocopa-frontalisM-CyT-0© C. y T. Di Mauro

Xylocopa frontalis females. The females have a characteristic feature on the "front" and abdomen bands are red
Xylocopa-frontalisH-RA© Roberto Ares abeja-carpinteraH-RA© Roberto Ares

Females of Xylocopa augusti. Unlike the beforementioned, these have reddish heair on their sides.
Xilocopa H1 RA© Roberto Ares Xilocopa H RA© Roberto Ares