熱帶木蜂（Xylocopa latipes）廣泛分布於整個東南亞。 它棲息在溫暖熱帶氣候的森林中，並通過在木材中挖洞來築巢。 它經常在木椽、倒下的樹木、電線桿等處挖出很長很深的隧道，但不鑽活樹。
木蜂是一種非常大、健壯、獨居的蜜蜂，有光澤，全黑，在陽光下呈深藍色金屬藍綠色或紫色。 較大的木蜂的大小從二分之一吋到一吋長不等，是世界上最大的蜜蜂之一。 它是一種重要的授粉媒介，通過為各種植物授粉而極大地幫助農民。
The tropical carpenter bee, Xylocopa latipes, is widely dispersed throughout Southeast Asia. It inhabits forests in warm tropical climates and constructs nests by burrowing into wood. It often makes long deep tunnels in wooden rafters, fallen trees, telephone poles and the like, but is not found in living trees.
It is a very large, robust, solitary bee, shiny, fully black in colour with fuscous metallic blue-green or purple in sunlight. Larger carpenter bees can range in size from one-half inch to one inch long, and is among the largest bees of the world. It is a vital pollinator, helping farmers immensely by pollinating a wide variety of plants.