Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

(Male) Valley Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa varipuncta


Large, fuzzy yellow bee with green eyes. The female can be seen at my other spotting:


Cape Honeysuckle in backyard. "The size of carpenter bees prevents them from entering tubelike flowers, instead they cut into the base of the corolla. This is referred to as “stealing the nectar” as it does not result in the bee being able to pollinate the flower. They are helpful in pollinating native plants and shrubs." - Wikipedia


There were two males buzzing around chasing each other off. These were lucky shots as I had to use manual focus! It took a lot of shots to get these :)

No species ID suggestions


CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago

Thanks oxyjack! This is the first year I've seen the male but like you, I see the females often.

oxyjack 6 years ago

Nice spotting! The females are common sights in my back yard, but I've yet to spot one of the males!

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.14, Long: -117.05

Spotted on Mar 9, 2012
Submitted on Mar 9, 2012

Related spottings

Tropical Carpenter Bee Tropical Bee Carpenter carpenter bee Xylocopa virginica

Nearby spottings

Unknown spotting Mexican Bush Katydid California Bromegrass Glassy-winged Sharpshooter