Xylocopa violacea  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Main synonym = Apis insubrica    Muller, 1766
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Hymenoptera / Apidae
Large Carpenter Bee, Violet Carpenter Bee     Bomblu iswed
Further Information:
Feeds on large flowers such as the Greater Snapdragon or Bear's breech (Acanthus mollis) as shown in the photo. Bores into dead wood, often nesting in Giant reed stalks or pre-dug channels in deadwood. A strong flier with loud buzzing sound.

Search for Xylocopa violacea  in the following online resources:

Search on Google

Google Scholar

More info on Wikipedia

Global Biodiversity

NCBI Database

Watch on YouTube
Other Links and info
Funghi & Fauna Main Page Wild Plants Main Index Close This Window
Image Code:

(required to buy images in this page)
This website needs financial support through sponsors or advertisment - check here .
All material and data on this webpage (www.MaltaWildPlants.com) is under the copyright of Stephen Mifsud (2002-2018)
This environment and biodiversity awareness website about the flora and fauna of Malta is sponsored by: