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Subject: Baby it’s hot out here!
Location: Mesa , Arizona
June 20, 2016 4:10 pm
Hi
I thought you might get a kick out of this photo of what I believe is a drone carpenter bee. It climbed up on my finger while I was out on my patio today. I think it found the surface of my skin much cooler than the 116 degree surface of my table. That is in the shade by the way. I finally persuaded it to leave my finger and perch on the side of a plant pot. I felt guilty for leaving it out there while I returned inside my house, but since it is native I’m sure it it’s taking the heat better than us mammals. Stay cool everyone!
Signature: Toasty Arizona nature lover

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Toasty Arizona nature lover,
This is indeed a male Valley Carpenter Bee.  Males are shorter lived than females who need to construct and provision a nest after mating.  In Los Angeles, male Valley Carpenter Bees are generally flying in the spring and long gone by the time summer arrives, so they don’t compete with females for food.

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Subject: Flying insect outside
Location: Northern New Jersey, Bergen County
May 28, 2016 2:09 pm
There are lots of these flying inspects in my yard. Some kind of bee, hornet? Should I be worried about them stinging me or my kids?
Thank You
Signature: BuggingOut

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Dear Bugging Out,
This is an Eastern Carpenter Bee, which you can verify by comparing your individual to this and other BugGuide images.  Though they are not aggressive, female Eastern Carpenter Bees are capable of stinging.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site in mid-June while we are out of the office.

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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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