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Old Monday 14th January 2019, 11:16   #1
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Bee Portugal

Would this be a black or violet Carpenter Bee? Algarve Portugal in December.
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It looks like Xylocopa violacea but not sure if there are any very similar species in Portugal.
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X. violacea certainly occurs there and I don't believe there are any similar-looking species in Portugal.
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Thank you for that.
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Hi, agree with X. violacea.
Note however, there are 5 Xylocopa species in Portugal: Xylocopa ameadei, X. cantabrita, X. iris (ssp. uclesiensis), X. valga and X. violacea. The first two are brownish looking species (due to pale pubescence covering the body), whilst the last 3 are all black and indeed similar. The 2 yellow segments visible on the antennae of the OP photo are unique to X. violacea I think (the other 2 species having all black antennae). X. violacea is also by far the most common species.
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Hi, agree with X. violacea.
Note however, there are 5 Xylocopa species in Portugal: Xylocopa ameadei, X. cantabrita, X. iris (ssp. uclesiensis), X. valga and X. violacea. The first two are brownish looking species (due to pale pubescence covering the body), whilst the last 3 are all black and indeed similar. The 2 yellow segments visible on the antennae of the OP photo are unique to X. violacea I think (the other 2 species having all black antennae). X. violacea is also by far the most common species.
That's interesting. Thank you for that Rafael.
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