Carpenter Bees

Two weeks ago I helped clean up a downed tree and when looking through the pictures I found something interesting. See: Windy Sunday

valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta), female bee, black beeDo you see the black spot just above the tree and roof? I was taking a picture of where the trunk of the tree snapped, and captured this little black spot.

valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta), female bee, black beeI zoomed in and saw that it was a bee. Since I have seen these bees around, I knew that it was a female Valley Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa varipuncta).

valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta), female bee, black bee, rose gardenHere is a Valley Carpenter Bee on a rose at the Community Rose Garden. I have also seen them on my roses. The pictures of the male shown below are from my rose garden.

This is a large bee and usually pretty easy to spot. However, they are dull compared to a male Valley Carpenter Bee.

Valley Carpenter Bee, Rose Bushes, Pollinators, Xylocopa varipunctaI like to call this a Golden Snitch Bee. It is really cool when I see one flying around. They zip around a lot and it is hard to get a good picture.

Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, pollination, rose bushes, gold bee, snitchThis one is a bit blurry, but shows some pretty good detail of the wings and antenna.

It is always cool to watch the bees zip around the garden.


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