The Carpenter Bee – Abeille charpentiere – Xylocopa violacea
A solitary bee about 25mm to 30mm long, glossy black all over with sparse black hairs. The opaque wings are dark brown with a lilac coloured sheen. Today is warm and sunny and they are coming to the winter jasmine. I’ve been trying to snap a few shots but it’s difficult; they don’t stay still very long! Between the carpenter bees and a solitary red admiral butterfly, who led me a merry dance, I managed to take 121 photos, most consigned to the bin. I did get this shot which I was quite thrilled with.