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Xylocopa virginica (Carpenter bee)

The species is at home in various habitat types, from dry savannah to moist coastal settings.  The territorial males patrol small areas particularly around shrubs in full bloom.  Usually you can hear them before you see them because their wings make a loud buzzing sound while flying.

The females are solitary nesters in Aloe or tree branches.  The nests are partitioned into various cells, separated by walls of glued wood residue.  A wide variety of indigenous plants in the Reserve are sort after by these beautiful bees as a source of nectar and pollen.

Family Name:
Apidae
Common Name:
Carpenter bee