Saturday, 5 May 2012

Great carpenter bees

I haven't had a lot of luck photographing insects in flight. This morning, however, a male great carpenter bee decided to make it easy for me.

Male great carpenter bee (Xylocopa aruana)

The female is a little different. Here's one I found feeding a few weeks back:

Female great carpenter bee (Xylocarpa aruana)

I wouldn't have picked them as the same species on sight. I had assumed I had photographed a different species this morning until I got home and tried to identify it.

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