Author Marc Newman ◦

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Our miserable cold weather of the last two days was too much for Mrs. Carpenter Bee, who we found on our back steps waiting for the sun to warm her up.

I could see her breathing (abdomen expanding and contracting) but no reaction to the flash photography until I relocated her into the sun. I was busy trying to move her from my right hand to my left hand for more photos when she flew off.

Beautiful… :-))))

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

A bit closer…

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Eye spy…

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Rear end…

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Mandibles…

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Antennal segments (12 for the females)…

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Not any bee…

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Mrs Carpenter…

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Beautiful…

Miserable cold weather for Mrs Carpenter - Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus © Marc Newman

Photographs © Marc Newman


Footnote & References

  1. Photograph Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus, Ballandean, QLD © Marc Newman, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/koolbee/albums
  2. Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus < Bee < Insects, Ausemade