Carpenter Bee by Jean Marie (Mouveroux 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.
Bees: Napoleonic ~ a symbol of immortality and resurrection dating back to Egyptian times. The bee was chosen by Napoleon to link his dynasty to the very origins of France. Bees were considered the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France.