Bees in the Xylocopa genus have a large body with black head and legs; shiny, black abdomen; and dark wings with a blue-violet sheen. Some species have a yellow thorax.
Solitary or in small social nests with one alpha female. Carpenter bees build nests by burrowing shallow tunnels in dead wood. They do not sting humans unless provoked.
Carpenter bees feed on nectar and pollen, pollinating flowers in the process.
Open fields and urban gardens in western Jordan.