Subject: Baby it’s hot out here!
Location: Mesa , Arizona
June 20, 2016 4:10 pm
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
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.