Subject: carpenter bee species?
Location: Coastal North Carolina
August 29, 2015 4:57 pm
Found this guy visiting some tall feather celosia alongside several bumblebees. He was orange with shiny abdomen and the strangest yellowish eyes.
Signature: David Hobbs
Your images bear a strong resemblance to this image of a Southern Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa micans, that is pictured on BugGuide.
Thank you so much for the ID. This is exciting since this is the first time I have seen these in my back yard wildflower haven. Your work is very appreciated.