Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xylocopa vidua; Xylocopa purpurea
Explanation of Names
Xylocopa micans Lepeletier 1841
micans = 'shining'
Male similar to the more widespread X. virginica, but male has more purple abdomen. Female all black and with purple body.
CA, TX-FL-VA to Guatemala; in se. US seems to be restricted to coastal plain (map
Mar-Aug, sometimes into fall in NC(3)
Adults visit various flowers to take nectar, often simply by biting through the base of the flower(1)
. Hosts associations (2)
Warriner M.D. (2010) A range extension for the Large Carpenter Bee Xylocopa micans
(Hymenoptera: Apidae) with notes on floral and habitat associations. J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 83: 267-269. Full text
on the two eastern species, X. virginica
and X. micans(4)