Picture of a male Carpenter Bee used with permission from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/63/Xylocopa-varipuncta-male.jpg


Here is the classification of The Valley Carpenter Bee:

Kingdom:           Animalia (Animal)
Phylum:             Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class:                   Insecta (Insects)
Order:                 Hymenoptera (Sawflies, Wasps, Bees, and Ants)
Family:               Apidae (Honey Bees, Carpenter Bees, Bumblebees)
Subfamily:         Xylocopinae (Carpenter Bees)
Genus:                 Xylocopa (Large Carpenter Bees)
Species:               varipuncta (Valley Carpenter Bee)

Kingdom: It's classifed into Animalia because it's an animal. The word animal is derived from the latin word: animalis which means "having breath".

Phylum: It's classified into Arthropoda, which means jointed foot, due to its jointed legs.

Class:It's classified into Insecta because the valley carpenter bee's body is cut up into segments.

Order: It's in Hymenoptera due to its membrane wings. Check out Polistes cominula, another organism in is order.

Family: It's categorized in Apidae since it's a bee. Interested in more? Click the species link Melipona beecheii, for another organism in the same family.

Subfamily: We put it in Xylocopinae because it's a carpenter bee.

Genus: You will find The valley carpenter bee in genus Xylocopa due to it being a large carpenter bee rather than small.

Species:  We place it into varipuncta because it's a valley carpenter bee.


Related species to X. varipuncta

This figure shows related species to varipuncta.

virginica: Eastern Carpenter Bee

micans:   Southern Carpenter Bee

tabaniformis: California Carpenter Bee


Related classes to Insecta

This figure shows related Classes to Insecta

Chilopoda: Centipede

Diplopoda: Millipede