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Wow! Thanks everyone for the kind comments. I have another photo of this bee that I will have to post here.
Great timing Amber!
Very nice photo, right time right place :-)
that is an incredibly well-timed capture... wow. how did you manage to do it? did you have to take dozens of photos in a row?
Usually it is the male carpenter bee that hovers around. You can tell the difference between males and females easily in this species because the males have a distinctive white square "nose" on their face. It's good to know that since a lot of people mistake male carpenter bees for being "aggressive" but they're totally harmless - only females can sting.
Thanks so much. I will update it. :)
Hi Amber, neat photo!This actually looks like an Eastern Carpenter Bee. The are large and have no hair on their abdomens. You can see the shine on your Bee's "butt".Eastern Carpenter Bees have a habit of hovering in place. I just posted an older photo of one I took. Look here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/173...
Haha that Canada Goose got photo bombed by a bumblebee.
Spotted on Jan 15, 2010 Submitted on Jan 15, 2013
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