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trulli1 

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Hi there,

Picture was taken in Spain July of last year.

Is this a bee? If so, what kind?

Thanks...
 
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Possibly a female Xylocopa violacea, the Blue Carpenter Bee, found in southern and central Europe. There are some not very great pictures here: http://www.bwars.com/xylocopa_violacea1.htm The female has the brown wings.

Carpenter bees bore holes in wood and plant stems to lay their eggs in. A solitary bee.
 

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