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For the United States & Canada

Subspecies Xylocopa virginica texana - Texas Carpenter Bee

carpenter bee? - Xylocopa virginica Carpenter bee?   - Xylocopa virginica - male  Xenoglossa kansensis? - Xylocopa virginica Xylocopa virginica texana Cresson - Xylocopa virginica - male Xylocopa virginica texana Cresson - Xylocopa virginica - male Bee - Carpenter or Long-Horned? - Xylocopa virginica Eastern Carpenter Bee? - Xylocopa virginica - male Xylocopa virginica texana ? - Xylocopa virginica
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 and Small carpenter Bees)
Genus Xylocopa (Large Carpenter Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Xylocopoides)
Species virginica (Eastern Carpenter Bee)
Subspecies texana (Texas Carpenter Bee)
Explanation of Names
Xylocopa virginica texana Cresson, 1872
Range
TX-OK (BG data)
Life Cycle
commonly forages on milkweed (Asclepias spp., Asclepiadaceae) per BG data.
Remarks
most carpenter bees only the males have the blond hair while the females have black hair. In this species, both males and females have blond hair. (Karen Wright, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2017)