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Eastern carpenter bee

Xylocopa virginica


Male carpenter bee hiding in his nest hole. When I got close he would back in further and try to turn around, which is why he's upside down in a couple of the photos. The yellow clypeus (front of face) is exclusive to males in this species.


Nest hole in a wooden plank on a trash bin in a city park. I have seen carpenter bees around this area frequently.


My previous spotting of a male carpenter bee is here:

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KristalWatrous 9 years ago

Thanks for posting that link, Juan. It really is interesting to see the differences in members of the same genus.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Nice picture Kristal. It´s interesting how different are Carpenter males on other species

KarenL 9 years ago


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Park Forest Village, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Oct 6, 2011
Submitted on Oct 6, 2011

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