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(Male) Valley Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa varipuncta

Description:

Large, fuzzy yellow bee with green eyes. The female can be seen at my other spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/828...

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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 :)

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2 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 2 years ago

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

oxyjack
oxyjack 2 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

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