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Subject: is it a bee?
Location: Oahu (Hawaii)
April 14, 2015 11:58 am
I live in Hawaii. I often see black carpenter bees around my lavender plants. Lately, I’ve seen a bright honey colored bee? that is on flowers on the fence. It is huge, and very aggressive. It flys very fast. Is he dangerous?
Signature: jean

Male Carpenter Bee

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Jean,
Often female Carpenter Bees like you describe are very long lived, as they have to excavate tunnels in wood to serve as a nest for the young, and the nests need to be provisioned with pollen.  Many Carpenter Bees exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism, with males looking like entirely different species, as is the case with the Valley Carpenter Bee.  Male Valley Carpenter Bees are bright golden yellow, and they are very territorial, hence the aggressive behavior you observed, but since they lack stingers, they are perfectly harmless.  The much less aggressive females are capable of stinging, but we have never heard of a person being stung by a Carpenter Bee.  Male Carpenter Bees do not live as long as females, so you have probably never noticed them before.  The Sonoran Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa sonorina, has been introduced to Hawaii, and males are golden in color

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Subject: Black ?wasp ?beetle ?bee
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
April 7, 2015 7:47 am
I found this bug in my pool. It is about 35mm long and entirely black. the abdomen is hard shinny black. I can not find an image at the many bug related ID sites and was hoping you could help!
Signature: Jeffrey Scherer

Female Carpenter Bee

Female Carpenter Bee

Dear Jeffrey,
This is a female Carpenter Bee, probably a Valley Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa varipuncta.  Females are capable of stinging, but they are not aggressive bees.

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Subject: bug in the algarve, portugal
Location: lagos, portugal
February 26, 2015 12:02 pm
Hi, i found this in the mouth of my four month old puppy this morning, just wondering if it dangerous?
Signature: clare curry

Hi, have managed to find out, it is a violet flower bee

Violet Carpenter Bee

Violet Carpenter Bee

Dear Clare,
Though you have identified your Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa violacea, we are happy to post the image to our site.  According to TrekNatureReadily identified by its color, this handsome solitary bee flies in summer and autumn and again in spring, after hibernation.”  We don’t know what your weather is like right now, but we are speculating this sighting occurred on a warm day which brought the Violet Carpenter Bee out of hibernation.

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Subject: Giant wood-boring flying insect
Location: Rural Bangladesh
November 20, 2014 7:13 pm
My husband took this picture in rural Bangladesh. He says it was a wood-boring insect, about 3 inches long, and that it died right in front of him (he didn’t kill it). The eyes and wings are just amazing.
Signature: Lisa C.

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

Dear Lisa,
This amazing insect is a Carpenter Bee in the subfamily Xylocopinae.  The female tunnels in wood, creating several nursery chambers that she provisions with pollen.  She lays an egg in each chamber so that her developing larva will have a food source.

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Subject: First time to see this kind of bee
Location: Flowers on the backyard of the house & also on the farm
November 13, 2014 1:16 pm
Aloha bugman,
Can you identify what kind of bee is this please? Never saw something like this before! Mahalo! :)
Signature: L. Rocknash

Sonoran Carpenter Bee

Sonoran Carpenter Bee

Dear L. Rocknash,
We are guessing by your greeting and closing that you are from Hawaii.  This is a male Carpenter Bee, and we learned on BugGuide that the Sonoran Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa sonorina, a non-native species, can be found in Hawaii.  Females are black and males a beautiful golden color.  This image from FlickR depicts a male Sonoran Carpenter Bee in Hawaii.

 

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Subject: This is totally a real bug!!!
Location: Phrao, Chiang Mai, Thailand
August 3, 2014 8:20 am
Hey bugman (or should it be bugmen)
I love nature and bugs are part of that even if I know people who would be totally disgusted by them. While in Thailand, I took many random photo of bugs whenever, wherever I could and loved the opportunity to do so. I don’t have a great camera but its mostly the experience and photos to remind you of them.
Anyways on with the bug. I’ll tell you the story so to as accurate as possible about the situation I saw this bug. It was actually close to the end of my time in Thailand in January 2013 (after 14 months) when I spotted this little gem of a bug on a pot plant outside a kindergarten surrounded by harvest fields (not sure what they were harvesting during the time). I actually thought it was fake at first because of its shininess (so shiny you can see my silhouette reflection on its back) and for the fact that the wings looked like they couldn’t close but when I got close to it it flew away. I was disappointed but after about a minute it returned to the same spot. I captured these two photos before I was called away and when I returned it was gone. I never saw it again.
Hope you guys will have better luck finding out what sort of bug this is. I’ve tried looking it up but tend to find edible insect sites because I put Thailand in my search bar.
This is a great website, keep up the good work. Hope I haven’t taken too much of your time with my ranting.
Signature: PsychPeter

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

Subject: Not sure if Ask WTB form worked
August 3, 2014 8:27 am
Hi WTB
Just sent in a Ask WTB form but not sure it worked because I had the page opened awhile and then I did the math and sent it and it just went back to the form. It’s called “This is a real bug!!!” so if you can check and confirm if it went through that would great. Sorry for the bother just I’ve saved my message just because the sending was slow just in case it didn’t got through and if it didn’t then I can send it again. Hope you can find the bug out for me.
Thanks
PS. Just for that fact if someone completes a form maybe it should say something to confirm form successful sent or failed. Thanks
Signature: Peter

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

Hi Peter,
We did receive your submission, and you should get an automatically generated response from us stating:  “Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!”
  Your insect is a Carpenter Bee and it looks very similar to this individual from Thailand posted on Photographers Direct that is identified as either Xylocopa tenuiscapa or Xylocopa latipes.  There are many insect delicacies in Thailand, so it is understandable that you kept encountering edible insect sites.

Hi bugman
Thanks for the quick response. Only found out later that my confirmation emails all went to my junk mail. No idea why. Good to find out what this bee is. Keep up the good work and I hope to send you more.
PsychPeter

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