Xylocopa violacea readily identified by its color. Carpenters bees are about 25 mm, glossy black all over, with sparse black hairs. Taken at Le Perreux sur Marne, Ile-de-France, France.
Cape Arid national park, Western Australia
Butterfly and dandel Expression
Bulldog ant and prey.
Esperance, Western Australia
Apoica is a genus of eusocial paper wasps found throughout the Central and South American tropics. These wasps are truly nocturnal, carrying out their foraging activities after the setting of the sun. They prefer to construct their nests, which have an open comb like many paper wasps, under large leaves, or in shrubs. During the day, wasps covering the comb fan their wings to cool the nest, keeping it at a suitable temperature for larval development. When attacking prey, Apoica release a drop of venom from their stings, which in turn attracts any nearby wasps to attack.
Photo credit: Nicole Barker
Newly emerged Redbase Jezebels (Delias pasithoe, Pieridae)
These Jezebels don’t travel far away from one another as caterpillars and consequently pupate together also. This leaf had eight chrysalis on it and because they usually pupate at the same time, often when the foodplant is defoliated, they emerge as adults synchronously also.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..