Male Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa varipuncta?)
Location: Hawthorne, California
June 25, 2011 12:46 pm
Hi Daniel,
This beauty (new to my yard) let me photograph him for quite some time yesterday. I’m curious as to what the three black things on top of his head are, can you help?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Male Valley Carpenter Bee on Pincushion Flower

Hi Anna,
What a positively beautiful male Valley Carpenter Bee.  We saw one visit the Buddleia or Butterfly Bush while we were in the garden.  Then we remembered that we began to prepare your posting, so we came back inside to complete the preparation.  Those are simple eyes or ocelli forming a triangle on the Valley Carpenter Bees head.  There are some drawings and photos on BugGuide.  We believe the simple eyes help flying insects navigate, but we are not certain of the exact function.

Location: California

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