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Subject: Furry Golden Monster
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
February 3, 2013 3:31 pm
Dear Bugman,
While sitting on the end of a pier in Puerto Vallarta last week this scary guy landed on my shoulder. It was probably a little over 2 inches long and sounded like a helicopter when it buzzed by my ear. I’ve been trying to find out some facts about him but the internet has let me down. Please help!
Signature: -Bewildered Bob

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Bewildered Bob,
This is either a male Valley Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa varipuncta, or a closely related species in the same genus.  Valley Carpenter Bees exhibit sexual dimorphism, and there is a distinct visual difference between the sexes.  Males are golden in color while female Valley Carpenter Bees are black.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Mexico
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2 Responses to Male Valley Carpenter Bee from Mexico

  1. stephanie northcutt says:

    May 22, 2014. I also found what seems to be a Male Valley Carpenter Bee in my yard swarming trying to land on my apricot leaves. At first wasn’t sure of what it was until I looked it up. I’m in Merced, California. I was too concerned of what it was and if it was something to worry about. Are these common in our area?

    Stephanie Northcutt

    • bugman says:

      Male Valley Carpenter Bees cannot sting, so there is nothing to worry about regarding his appearance. Though female Valley Carpenter Bees are capable of stinging, they rarely sting people. Valley Carpenter Bees will be more plentiful in areas where nesting sites, food sources and few predators permit their numbers to increase.

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