Xylocopa valga

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Xylocopa valga
Xylocopa valga fem.jpg
Carpenter-bee (Xylocopa valga) foraging Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) flowers.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Xylocopa
X. valga
Binomial name
Xylocopa valga

Xylocopa valga is a species of carpenter bee common to: western, central and southern Europe, except for far northern latitudes; the Caucasus; Middle East; Central Asia; and Mongolia.[3] The solitary bee has a black and blue coloured body, 20–27 mm in length, and densely covered with purple hairs. The small wings also have a purple tint. The bee creates cavity nests by gnawing the wood in the trunks of dead trees and in old wooden structures. It inhabits both forests and urban areas.[3]

X. valga on Chinese wisteria.


  1. ^ Terzo, M. & Nieto, A. (2013). "Xylocopa valga". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T13325229A13325391. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Xylocopa valga Gerstaecker 1872". Fauna Europaea. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Панфилов Д. В., Березин М. В. "ПЧЕЛА - ПЛОТНИК - Xylocopa valga Gerstaecker, 1872" (in Russian). Retrieved 2012-01-14.