Invertebrate Xylocopa aruana (Yellow and Black Carpenter Bee)

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Scientific Name: Xylocopa aruana

Common Name(s): Yellow and black carpenter bee

Other Names: Yellow carpenter bee, wood bee

Class: Insecta

Order: Hymenoptera

Family: Apidae

Subfamily: Xylocopinae

Genus: Xylocop

Distribution: Queensland, Northern Territory, restricted to northern areas of New South Wales and Western Australia.

Habitat: Diverse, where wood exists (forests, pastures, parks, dwellings, and other buildings).

Field Notes: Solitary. Females have a glossy black abdomen and bright yellow fur on the thorax. Males uniformly covered with yellowy brown or olive fur. Wings dark brown. Cuts nests inside dead wood or living soft timber. Size 15 - 24 mm (Australia's largest native bee).

Note: Females will sting if provoked, Males do not have stinger.
Warning - if symptons indicate onset of allergic reaction seek urgent medical advice.

Photo by Dusty, Jan 2012. Location: Kilcoy, QLD.

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Female Carpenter Bee
 

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A carpenter bee visits Native Kapok, Cochlospermum gillivraei in N.Qld.
Many of these bees were present on the tree and were continuously on the move. Their size is impressive.
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