large, the size of a hummingbird, black, flying, fat
July 10, 2010
I was watering plants and this large bug lands on one of the flowers. I thought it was a hummingbird at first glance, but then it looked too insect-like. It’s large and black, smooth (not hairy), and has fast-moving wings
Curious and Confused
Pleasanton, California

female Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Curious and Confused,
This is a Carpenter Bee, and based on your California location, we suspect it is a female Valley Carpenter Bee.

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