Long bee on Vitex in Athens, GA
June 11, 2010
I watch bees all the time, and I have never seen this one before. I found it on my Vitex tree on June 10th at 4pm. I live in Athens, Ga.
Oops I forgot on Long bee from Athens, GA
He was as long as a carpenter bee but nearly half as wide. I have never seen any bee with these proportions.
Your bee is a Giant Resin Bee, Megachile sculpturalis. According to BugGuide: “They are opportunistic and nest in existing wooden cavities, rather than excavating their own.
Recently introduced from Asia. To make things worse it turns out to be a good pollinator of another introduced invasive: kudzu.“