Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa caffra - Houtkapperby

Rina Greeff

Jansenville, South Africa

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A Carpenter Bee on a Lavender in our garden at Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
’n Houtkapperby op ’n laventelbos in ons tuin op Jansenville.

Carpenter bees (the genus Xylocopa in the subfamily Xylocopinae) are large bees distributed worldwide. There are some 500 species of carpenter bee in 31 subgenera. Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers.

Xylocopa caffra is a species of Afrotropical carpenter bee that ranges from west to central and southern Africa. The species is at home in various habitat types, from moist coastal settings to dry savannah. The territorial males patrol small areas around particular plants or flowers. The females are solitary nesters in Aloe or Agave stems, tree branches or timber. As with other carpenter bees, the larvae are fed a mixture of pollen and nectar

Houtkapperbye kry hul naam van die feit dat hulle letterlik gaatjies in bome en in hout kap en hul eiertjies in die gleuwe van die hout lê. Hierdie bye versamel stuifmeel op ’n ongewone wyse; dit word gonsbestuiwing genoem. Die by klou aan die blomme en vibreer sy vlerke ongeveer twee sekondes lank terwyl hy ’n harde gonsgeluid maak. Die gegons veroorsaak dat die stuifmeel binne-in die stempels vibreer en uit ’n porie op die punt van elke stempel uitskiet en die onderkant van die by bedek. Wanneer die by ’n ander blom besoek, vryf die stuifmeel op die stamper af.

Camera: CanonEOS 500D Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

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