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Eastern Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa virginica


Looks similar to the Common Eastern Bumblebee in size and color. This bee has an AMBUSH BUG (Phymatidae - 0.20 - .47 in.) as a friend in 3 of the photos. (Male) Thanks to Kristal for the correct identification.


Meadow in the Poconos.

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CindyBinghamKeiser 11 years ago

Love the fuzzies and HUGE eyes :)

KristalWatrous 11 years ago

In comparing this bee to your bumble bee photos, notice that this one's pile (fur) is a darker mustard-y yellow, and shorter. This bee's wings are also darkly tinted unlike the bumble bees, and held out to the side at more of an angle away from the body than the bumble bees usually do. Tricky little buggers, aren't they? :)

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

And then we have this bee! Wow, so confusing, but thanks Kristal. You are the resident expert. BEES are your BUZZINESS! HA!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

I love my bee photos and The Great Pollinator Project is for the NYC area. I just found out a new bee has been discovered. And it is cool looking. Called the Lasioglossum gotham. Discovered in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Look it up on-line.

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Oh thanks Carolina for telling me. :)

Carolina 11 years ago

Hi Carol! Remember the Great Pollinator Project mission is only for spottings from the NYC area :)

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Thank you for your nice comments and the correct ID for the bee. Oh, the Ambush bug and its cameo appearance make the photo unique.

textless 11 years ago

I'm guessing the ambush bug sees the bee as a tasty snack, despite the size difference. Great photos!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 11 years ago

yep, totally agree with Kristal ID

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Oh thanks so much Kristal. One of my favorites series, and want to get the correct bee information. Pretty sure golden rod.

KristalWatrous 11 years ago

This bee is actually an Eastern carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica. ( The darker wings and shiny black abdomen help to distinguish carpenter bees from bumble bees. You can tell this individual is a male by the pale yellow/cream clypeus (lower front of face). Nice photos!

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Nice Bee! Is the plant Goldenrod?

Carol Snow Milne
Spotted by
Carol Snow Milne

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Sep 30, 2011
Submitted on Nov 3, 2011

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