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Species Xylocopa micans - Southern Carpenter Bee

Another Strange Xylocopa from Florida - Xylocopa micans - male Southern Carpenter, I think? - Xylocopa micans Pinned Specimen - Xylocopa micans - female bee - Xylocopa micans Xylocopa? - Xylocopa micans - female Bee with metallic blue-green abdomen - Xylocopa micans - male Bee on Spring Island Nov 3, 2016 - Xylocopa micans - female Carpenter bee? - Xylocopa micans
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Xylocopinae (Carpenter Bees)
Genus Xylocopa (Large Carpenter Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Schonnherria)
Species micans (Southern Carpenter Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xylocopa vidua; Xylocopa purpurea
Explanation of Names
Xylocopa micans Lepeletier 1841
micans = 'shining'
Size
14-27 mm(1)
Identification
Male similar to the more widespread X. virginica, but male has more purple abdomen. Female all black and with purple body.
Range
CA, TX-FL-VA to Guatemala; in se. US seems to be restricted to coastal plain (map)(2)
Season
Mar-Aug, sometimes into fall in NC(3)
Food
Adults visit various flowers to take nectar, often simply by biting through the base of the flower(1). Hosts associations (2)
Life Cycle
overwinter as adults(1)
Print References
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
Internet References
Fact sheet on the two eastern species, X. virginica and X. micans(4)