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Subject: What’s this nest?
Location: Sterling, Virginia Usa
May 13, 2016 1:22 pm
Hi !
My mother in law lives in Sterling Va
And has got this nest in the eves of her porch.
We Would really like to know what it is!
Many thanks
Signature: Rich

Solitary Bee Nest

Solitary Bee Nest

Dear Rich,
This is the nest of a solitary Bee that has been provisioned with pollen to feed the developing larvae.  We suspect it is a Mason Bee Nest based on this image on Warren PHotographic.  Solitary Bees are not aggressive and this nest poses no threat to your mother in law.

Thanks Daniel!
And thanks for the speedy reply!
I’ll let her know. She’ll be relieved it’s not a wasps nest.
All the best to you and your team.
Rich.

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Subject: Femae Carpenter Bee
Location: South Pasadena
April 19, 2016 9:25 pm
I believe this is a female carpenter bee? Photo was taken on a 90 -ish degree day, today, in mid April in LA., in a parking lot. She was very happy to stay on my hand and I had a hard time getting her to climb onto any plants. I wanted to do more than just say hi but didn’t know what else she would like. Thanks!
Signature: Janet

Female Valley Carpenter Bee

Female Valley Carpenter Bee

Hi Janet,
You are correct that this is a female Valley Carpenter Bee.  It was very kind and fearless of you to move her from the pavement to the foliage.  People like you make South Pasadena a wonderful place, and because of your kindness, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  We are your neighbor across the freeway in Mount Washington.

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Subject: Golden Bee
Location: British Virgin Islands
April 7, 2016 10:14 am
Is this a male Carpenter bee?
Signature: Thanks

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

This is a male Carpenter Bee.  According to image 29 of the University of Nebraska online document The Bees of Greater Puerto Rico, it is Xylocopa mordax.

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Subject: Mad as a hornet
Location: San Jose, CA
March 19, 2016 4:26 pm
Five or six of these appeared in my yard and the rest of them are still doing laps but I caught one and cannot figure out what it is.
Signature: Kate

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Kate,
You would probably also get mad if someone trapped you under glass and wouldn’t let you free.  This is a harmless male Valley Carpenter Bee.  Male bees cannot sting.  The sexually dimorphic black female Valley Carpenter Bee is capable of stinging, but seldom does.

Thank you!
I let it go after about 15 minutes. Such a fascinating creature!
Kate Russell

We are glad to hear that Kate.  Though they cannot sting, male Valley Carpenter Bees seem more aggressive as they defend territory.  They are also much more wary when they fly.  Female Valley Carpenter Bees are more lumbering in their flight.

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Subject: Unidentified flying insect
Location: Vacaville, CA
March 25, 2016 8:45 pm
My sister found this bug in her fireplace, March, 2016, in central California. It flew around, and was about an inch long.
Signature: Betty S

Someone has ID’d it for me as a male carpenter bee.

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Betty,
We are glad to hear someone identified your male Valley Carpenter Bee.  It is possible it emerged from firewood brought indoors.  Though female Valley Carpenter Bees are capable of stinging, they seldom do.  Males are incapable of stinging.

Daniel,
Thanks for the corroboration.  Though no one said it was a Valley Carpenter Bee, just Carpenter Bee, so that’s even better.  And yes, my sister found large round holes in firewood she had setting in the living room!
Thanks, again,
Betty

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Subject: What is this bee type please and is it dangerous?
Location: Johnannesburg
March 14, 2016 10:35 am
Hi there
We have discovered a bee hive in our chimney and found this guy in our driveway and were wondering if you have any information about him/her particularly dangerous or normal bee?
Signature: Alan, JHB

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

Dear Alan,
We believe we have correctly identified your Carpenter Bee as
 Xylocopa caffra thanks to this image on iSpot, and iSpot images here and here look similar, however most of the images on iSpot depict yellow banded individuals like this rather than having bluish white bands on the body, and we are not certain what that means.  According to Wikipedia:  “The females are black with two white or yellow bands over the hind thorax and first abdominal segment respectively, while the males are uniform greenish yellow in colour. Females with white bands are associated with dry climatic conditions during larval development, but females of either colour, or colour grade, may emerge from the same brood. In the Western Cape all have yellow bands however. A form with orange-red bands occurs in East Africa.”  Female Carpenter Bees are capable of stinging, but they are not aggressive, and we rarely learn of a person being stung.

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