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Violet Carpenter Bee, not a blue bumblebee

Violet Carpenter Bee, not a blue bumblebee (Delosperma sutherlandii)

14 Oct 2011
Shirley identified the bee for me. Thank you!

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those wings are beautiful

27 Oct, 2011


Aren't they? I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it.

27 Oct, 2011


perhaps its the only one??

27 Oct, 2011



27 Oct, 2011


i dont understand how those things happen but i was wondering if it is very rare? perhaps autumn watch on tv could identify??

27 Oct, 2011


Possibly a Violet Carpenter Bee ... Google images to see if you agree . . . . .

27 Oct, 2011


Ohhh Shirley, you are amazing! I googled it and I saw exactly the same images there as my photo! Thank you!!!

27 Oct, 2011


Amazing? Hmm ... just interested in Bees! I think this one may have flown across the Channel to your garden . . . . .

27 Oct, 2011


So, this bee is quite common in Mediterranean (I googled it again to read some articles). Thanks to Shirley, I've learned a new thing, which made myself feel clever :-) Wonderful!

You are a bee expert. Good to know! I'm going to take a photo of a tiny honeycomb (about 1.5~2cm) to show you ond day. I was stung by the ex-owner (bee) on my finger when I was cutting the headge this summer and my hand and wrist swelled like a baby's wrist. Then, one month or so later, stupid me was stung by another bee. It was the same kind of bee again. I noticed the honeycomb and bee on a branch of oleander but I didn't think he was going to attack me because I was just deadheading or something by a flower bed by the oleander. That time, my reaction was worse: my wrist swoll badly and my cheeks got hot. I wonder what kind of bee that was. I'm interested to know........ :-(

28 Oct, 2011

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This photo is of species Delosperma sutherlandii.

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