Subject: Biggest Bumble Bee I Have Ever Seen
Location: Glendale, CA
March 17, 2017 5:04 pm
I near Los Angeles, CA and saw this HUGE and distinctly colored Bumble Bee outside my door today. It’s orange color, big bristly fur, and yellow head were too cool not to go outside and get a closer look. Can you help me in identifying what species of Bumble Bee I got the pleasure to see today?
Signature: Teacher Todd
Dear Teacher Todd,
This is not a Bumble Bee. This is a male Valley Carpenter Bee, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism. Even larger females are black and look like a different species. The golden male Valley Carpenter Bees are usually seen only in the spring, though the females that live much longer are found at other times of the year. Here is an image of a mating pair of Valley Carpenter Bees from our archives.