Thanks Jude for the answer to my question. A wonderful coloured bee. 🙂 🙂
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I love seeing them in Portugal, and apparently they are being to make their way to England
I hope they can live in the different climate
I was surprised to read they are heading to north europe as would have thought our wet summer and cold damp winters would be problematic. However it is them that are heading our way rather than human interference, so fingers crossed the ones that come are ones that can cope
and don’t become an exotic pest. Maybe they’ll have to bring their brollies and wellies 😀
What lovely wings!
They are aren’t they – usually they are flying so fast cannot admire them. So very thankful we came across them just as they were emerging from hibernation
I figured it was some kind of carpenter bee. They’re fun to see motoring around, so long as they don’t start boring into the house!
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A nest of them removed a back porch from our house. I kept TELLING him he had to get the bees out, but he didn’t want to disturb them. Until the entire porch fell off.
Yikes! Sounds like yours are different to these ones as these are solitary bees
They’re solitary here too.
hee hee that’s true!
This is great shot and so beautiful too, Thank you dear Becky B. Love, nia
Thank you so much Nia
Great find Becky, but in my opinion, you were way to close to it 😀 😀
awww thank you so much Cee
I bet it sounds like a small helicopter when it flies! 🙂 Don´t think I have ever seen one here,
They are really big and yes, they DO bite.
ooh these don’t bite. They are known for their non aggressive behaviors. American ones must be quite different
Yes they do sound loud if you get close. They are fascinating to watch, although their size does worry lots of people the first time they see them
Oh, wow! Never seen one of these. A Violet Carpenter Bee I guess? Where did you see this then? Any plans for visiting the Algarve now? Or are you waiting until the rush calms down. I suspect air fares will rocket and everywhere will be crowded, though having to pay for PCR tests might put some people off. I certainly won’t be flying until all that becomes unnecessary. I just worry that when you are in a resort you don’t have any control over who else is there, or in the airport. My fear would be to be stuck in another country without a place to stay!
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You are right on your guess, and we saw it in Portugal. In spring they’re just emerging so easy to photograph 🙂
And nope no plans to go before autumn. Mostly because by time I’ve had second vaccine it will be summertime so really hot, but also I have a greenhouse full of plants. Can’t leave them!!!
Just been talking to Margaret and she said the logistics of sorting the tests in time for departure/arrival is a nightmare. So like you we’re not going to rush.
Ah, yes. Can’t leave the plants!
I would not have expected a bee for purple but you’ve proved me wrong. I was thinking of you and a few others when the green corridor was announced yesterday. That must be good news, even if you don’t want to take advantage of it just yet.
Neither would I if it had not been for our regular trips to Portugal 🙂 they’re also known as the Violet Carpenter Bee.
And yes great news, especially for the Algarvian hospitality businesses. We are unlikely to be out there before October though. I don’t get my second jab til July, and by then its far too hot out there.
This looks quite big.
They are, between 25mm and 30mm.
Thank you 😊 I was very lucky as it had only recently emerged from hibernation so slow enough to photograph
This is cool! I had no idea what it was.
Thank you 🙂 I had no idea when I first saw them either. They are one of Europe’s biggest bees
Friendly, I hope! Or at least not aggressive.
Seem perfectly friendly, although their size is a bit daunting when you first see them and if they come close. So many people freak out 😦
Sometimes inspiration strikes!
Handsome fellah! We used to enjoy watching them at work from our roof terrace in France, even though we weren’t sure it was great for the woodwork.
Doesn’t every house want a perfectly round tunnel?!
He’s very pretty – a bee?
It is indeed – a Carpenter Bee. Had only just emerged from its winter hibernation, hence the slightly crumpled wings.
Here’s a post from a few years ago on them https://beckyinportugal.com/2017/02/24/bee-identification-algarve-portugal/
He’s kind of mysterious. Have a good weekend, Becky! 🙂 🙂
and you Jo 🙂
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