Violet Carpenter Bee

 

Another bee that is a newbie to the UK is the Violet Carpenter Bee, originating from the heat of the Southern Mediterranean. It is all black, with slightly incandescent purple wings. 

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It is thought to have immigrated in timber or pallets from over the pond.  

A carpenter bee, they tend to nest in wood such as dead trees, felled timber, fence posts and sometimes beams or timber. The female carpenter digs out a nesting area within the wood, laying eggs in cells. These eggs are left to hatch out and begin their life, as their parents, in a rather solitary fashion!

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