Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Fabr. Syst. Piez. p. 345.


Hab. Singapore, Java, East India, China.

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Xylocopa caerulea

Xylocopa caerulea is a species of carpenter bee. It is widely distributed in Southeast Asia, India and Southern China. It is a relatively large species, reaching an average size of 23 millimetres (0.91 in). The thorax region of the insect is covered with light blue hairs, giving it a striking blue colour. The sides of the abdomen and first abdominal segments of the insect are also covered by similar, albeit a finer and thinner coat of blue hairs.[1][2][3]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Bingham, Charles Thomas, and Claude Morley. Hymenoptera... Vol. 1. Taylor & Francis, 1897.
  2. ^ Ospina, Mónica. "Abejas carpinteras (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Xylocopinae: Xylocopini) de la región neotropical." Biota Colombiana 1.3 (2012): 239-252.
  3. ^ Anzenberger, Gustl (2010). "Ethological Study of African Carpenter Bees of the Genus Xylocopa (Hymenoptera, Anthophoridae)1". Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie 44 (4): 337–374. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.1977.tb01001.x. ISSN 00443573. 

Further reading[edit source | edit]

  • Ruggiero M. (project leader), Ascher J. et al. (2013). ITIS Bees: World Bee Checklist (version Sep 2009). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 11 March 2013 (Roskov Y., Kunze T., Paglinawan L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Culham A., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., Baillargeon G., Hernandez F., De Wever A., eds). Digital resource at Species 2000: Reading, UK.
  • John Ascher, Connal Eardley, Terry Griswold, Gabriel Melo, Andrew Polaszek, Michael Ruggiero, Paul Williams, Ken Walker, and Natapot Warrit.
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