Subject: Giant wood-boring flying insect
Location: Rural Bangladesh
November 20, 2014 7:13 pm
My husband took this picture in rural Bangladesh. He says it was a wood-boring insect, about 3 inches long, and that it died right in front of him (he didn’t kill it). The eyes and wings are just amazing.
Signature: Lisa C.
This amazing insect is a Carpenter Bee in the subfamily Xylocopinae. The female tunnels in wood, creating several nursery chambers that she provisions with pollen. She lays an egg in each chamber so that her developing larva will have a food source.