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Tropical Carpenter Bee or Xylocopa latipes

Observed: 3rd December 2012 By: crannogdiver
 tropical carpenter bee/Xylocopa latipes
 tropical carpenter bee/Xylocopa latipes
Description:

Hello, was out walking about 40km outside Kuala Lumpur, Peninsular Malaysia, and spotted this giant perched upon a branch. Approx 80mm wingspan with heavily armoured leathery body with very hairy underside. 4 wings. No stinger visible and eyes look broadly similar to those found on dragonflies or bees. Not surprisingly, makes a very loud buzzing sound in flight, and is very fast over short distances. I approached it quite closely and it did not seem to be too bothered.
NB - many thanks to ChrisR for the identification!

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