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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