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Australian Carpenter Bees
Banksia

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Banksia Tree
Xanthorrhoea flower
Cell Construction
Egg Size
Life Cycles
X. aeratus life cycle
X. bombylans life cycle
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The wood of the Banksia that the Xylocopa used was
    dead and cream colored
 
It is soft and fibrous due to the presence of white
    wood-rotting fungus which degrades cellulose,
    hemicellulose, and lignin. 
 
Active nests were found in trunks that were not
    cracked and did not have other invertebrate
    organisms living within 20 cm of the entrance to the
    nest.
 
Abandoned nests had cracks and tunnels that were
    lined with fungal hyphae, or had evidence of
    invaders (wasps, ants, spiders, or other bees).
 
Banksia nests could last for several years.