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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.
Salvia greggii and larkspur blooms in a wildlife habitat garden.
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.