This evening when I got home from work I was taking a few pictures in my rose garden when I heard the loud buzzing of a bee.
The bee had a very loud droning buzz and I at first stepped back to find out where it was.
You can see it to the left as just a golden blur.
So, how do I know that it is a he? This is a valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta). The male of this species is gold and the female is a metallic black. I also now know that the male does not have a stinger so if he comes back for more pollinating I can try and get closer to him.
The valley carpenter bee is the largest bee in California and can be as large as an inch in length.
Hopefully I will see this little guy again and get some closer pictures. I just need patience once I see him and hope that he settles down on a rose bloom.
Have you seen a valley carpenter bee?