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Arizona Carpenter Bees

Xylocopa californica arizonensis

Description:

I spotted dozens of these Arizona Carpenter Bees at a rest stop along US Hwy 17 in Arizona near Arcosanti and Mount Union. It was difficult to photograph them as they flew so quickly. They seemed to be biting the base of the flowers.

Habitat:

Rest stop along US Hwy 17 in Arizona near Arcosanti and Mount Union.

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8 Comments

misako
misako 10 years ago

Thank you Kristal and Sharon!

SharonW446
SharonW446 10 years ago

Very nice photos!

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 10 years ago

Yep, nectar thievery is common with these large ladies. Beautiful photos!

misako
misako 10 years ago

Thanks Karen! That makes sense--they were very big bees.

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

I read somewhere that they bite the base of the flowers to steal the nectar from blooms that are otherwise too deep for them to access!

textless
textless 10 years ago

People tend to think I'm crazy when I do that, too. :)

misako
misako 10 years ago

Thank you textless--my sister and niece thought I was crazy as I proceeded to chase them from flower to flower to get the photos! :)

textless
textless 10 years ago

Love these! Nice photos too... they really are hard to catch.

misako
Spotted by
misako

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Oct 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 25, 2011

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