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Giant French Bee
This giant black bee, the European Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa violacea), here seen in the outskirts of the Massif de l'Esterel, is the largest bee in Europe (comparing it to an ordinary honey bee is like comparing a Boeing 747 to a Learjet). Lately it has made a succesful airborne invasion of the UK, and is now close to the Scottish border. In spite of its rather frightening looks it is not aggressive, and only stings if grasped (but then the sting corresponds to its size).

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MarcsoltanThank you Ejnar

Marcsoltan

Voted 10/10

for taking this photo. I have a question. How large is this bee in millimeters, or inches? It does not have to be exact.
Thank you,
Marc Soltan
Posted Oct 25, 2008 11:03 am

Ejnar FjerdingstadRe: Thank you Ejnar

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Hasn't voted

I would guess that its wingspan reaches 5 or 6 cm, but it would be impossible to decide precisely without catching and killing one.
Posted Oct 25, 2008 11:09 am

lcarreauI believe there might "bee"

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

a regulation against catching and killing a
"Giant French Bee." Are these bees protected?

Nice bee picture ... I was just giving you a
hard time, Ejnar. 10/10 vote, especially for the comparison between the Boeing 747 and
Learjet.

Don't they make a Boeing 757 now ???

Larry :)
Posted Oct 27, 2008 8:57 pm

Ejnar FjerdingstadRe: I believe there might

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Hasn't voted

I don't know if they are protected, it doesn't seem necessary, there were more than 50 around, when I took the photo, and of course now they are expanding into Britain. Capturing one and killing it would involve using a butterfly net, and transferring it into a jar with ethyl acetate or potassium cyanide, where it would soon die. Most likely this might involve considerable risk of being stung, and I don't think I'm going to try it! :-)
Posted Oct 28, 2008 11:15 am

lcarreauRe: I believe there might

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Indeed! It would "bee" to the Giant French
Bee's ANT-vantage to 'BEEhave' itself once it "invades" Britain.

First it was the "British (Beatles) Invasion." Now, it's the Giant French Bee's
turn to make itself KNOWN.

Geez, some things never change! :)
Posted Oct 28, 2008 7:52 pm

Ejnar FjerdingstadThank you,

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Hasn't voted

Roberto. It is a little difficult to estimate the length of the bee from this photo, though, since the abdomen is bent down.
Best,
Ejnar
Posted Nov 9, 2011 11:08 am

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Ejnar FjerdingstadSubmitted by Ejnar Fjerdingstad
on Oct 24, 2008 8:34 am

Image ID: 456392
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Lat/Lon: 43.54954°N / 6.78749°E
Object Title: Giant French Bee

Image Type(s): Wildlife