Eastern Carpenter Bee

Subject: Bumble Bee?
Location: Oshawa, Ontario
May 30, 2013 12:10 pm
I found this bee wobbling along my deck this afternoon, so moved him to safety onto a shrub. I’ve seen what I believe are Common Eastern Bumble Bees, but never one like this. Do you know what type of bee it is?
Signature: Sue

Bumble Bee
Eastern Carpenter Bee

Dear Sue,
We will try to determine the correct species of this impressive Bumble Bee.  We have postdated your submission to go live in early June to compensate for our absence during a holiday.

Bumble Bee
Eastern Carpenter Bee

Later in the afternoon I saw another, same colours/pattern except fuzzy all over.

Correction:  12 June 2013
Thanks to a comment, we now realize this is a Carpenter Bee, not Bumble Bee
We suspect the bee Sue saw later that was fuzzy all over was most likely a Bumble Bee.

3 thoughts on “Eastern Carpenter Bee”

  1. Oh, that’s what I was gonna talk about. In many cases, I cannot tell if it’s a bumble or a carpenter bee, is there any hint? In this case, I see the naked abdomen.


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