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Subject: Giant flying peanut?????
Location: Norther california bay area
April 11, 2013 7:26 pm
I have only seen this bug once, buzzing around the buckeye tree by the creek in Northern California.
It sounded like a bee, at first glance we thought that it was a carpenter bee loaded with pollen, but after I took the pictures, you can see that it is not! Sorry they are blurry, he never landed!
Do you have any idea what it could be????
Thanks for your help!
Signature: AMK in NorCal

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear AMK in NorCal
This is a Carpenter Bee.  Male Valley Carpenter Bees are golden in color and live for a shorter time than the black females.  There is a pronounced sexual dimorphism in Valley Carpenter Bees.

Thank You!  I had no idea- we must have a lot of females since I have never seen this before.
Very interesting.  I really appreciate your response- especially so quick!!
Keep up the good work ;}

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: california

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