Violet Carpenter Bee Xylocopa violacea

Violet Carpenter Bee
Violet Carpenter Bee
Violet Carpenter Bee
Europe's largest solitary bee at some 25mm long, the Violet Carpenter Bee is actually black but its iridescent wings of blue, violet and turquoise can make the shiny body appear violet.
Violet Carpenter Bee
Violet Carpenter Bee
Violet Carpenter Bee
It is present in most of southern and central Europe, through to Central Asia and India. This enormous bee has been breeding in the UK since 2006.
Violet Carpenter Bee
Violet Carpenter Bee
Violet Carpenter Bee
A solitary bee, the female tunnels into dead wood to lay her eggs, hence the name "carpenter" bee.
Violet Carpenter Bee
Violet Carpenter Bee
Violet Carpenter Bee