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Southern Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa micans

Description:

Large (14-27 mm) solitary black bee. Often seen on the same blooms as the Eastern Carpenter bee. The thorax of the Souther Carpenter is smooth and all black.

Habitat:

Salvia greggii and larkspur blooms in a wildlife habitat garden.

Notes:

Photo 1; the bee was nectar by chewing a hole at the base of the Salvia greggii to get at the nectar. Photo 2 shows it flying over to the larkspur.

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2 Comments

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

You are welcome. Nice to be warm enough for bees again :)

ve
ve 8 years ago

Beautiful! Thank you

gatorfellows
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gatorfellows

Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Mar 31, 2013
Submitted on Mar 31, 2013

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