Xylocopa caerulea

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Xylocopa caerulea
Apidae - Xylocopa caerulea.JPG
Xylocopa caerulea from Penang. Museum specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Apoidea
Family: Apidae
Subfamily: Xylocopinae
Tribe: Xylocopini
Genus: Xylocopa
Species: Xylocopa caerulea
Fabricius, 1804

Xylocopa caerulea, the blue carpenter bee, is a species of carpenter bee.


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

Xylocopa Caerulea.jpg


This species is widely distributed in Southeast Asia, India and Southern China.[4]


  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 0044-3573.
  4. ^ Vespa Bicolor

Further reading[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 www.catalogueoflife.org/col/. 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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