Violet carpenter bee
The violet carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) is a huge black (and bluish) insect often to be seen on passion flowers (Passiflora caerulea) around the garden. This one is pictured on a globe thistle. Our host assured me that they do not sting, but their sheer size was quite intimidating. (All of the pictures in this gallery were taken in the garden of 'La Roque', near Ginasservis in Provence, southern France in 2004.)
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
Copyright Richard Burkmar 2004. Permission is hereby granted for anyone to use this image for non-commercial purposes which are of benefit to the natural environment. School pupils, students, teachers and educators are invited to use and reproduce the image freely. The photographer should be credited where practicable. Use for commercial purposes is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the copyright holder.|
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