Earlier this month I wrote a post about A Bee in my Rose Garden.
Here is the best one. You can see the outstretched wings and the pollen patches on her body.
I received several comments that people had never seen a valley carpenter bee before. This is understandable as they have a limited range in the Southwest. They are mainly found in the Central Valley of California and in Arizona. However, they can sometimes be found in Nevada and New Mexico and other areas close to their main range.
I have found that the hardest part of getting bee pictures is patience.
You can also see how hairy a honey bee is. In contrast the female valley carpenter bee has a smooth abdomen.
Now I am craving a little honey.