Xylocopa violacea  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Main synonym = Apis insubrica    Muller, 1766
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Hymenoptera / Xylocopinae
Large Carpenter Bee, European carpenter bee     Bomblu iswed
Further Information:
Found in countryside and gardens feeding on large flowers such as the Greater snapdragonsor Bear's breech (Acanthus mollis) as shown in the photo. Bores into wood, often nesting in the Giant reed stalks. Strong flier with loud buzzing sound.

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