Carpenter Bees from Costa Rica

Subject: Thought they were Hummingbirds
Location: papagayo, guancaste, costa rica
January 1, 2014 6:06 am
Hi. I am in costa rica and saw what I thought was hummingbirds eating on yellow flowers on the tops of tall trees.
However, when I went to show my kids, they look like insects. If they are indeed insects, they are very large.
Can you identify them?
Thanks much,
Signature: Knight

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter Bees

Hi Knight,
These are definitely Bees, and we are nearly certain they are Carpenter Bees in the subfamily Xylocopinae and the genus

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

Thank you so much for your response.
Are the inordinately large bees?  They looked big.  And, the one in the flower looked to me like a beetle almost.
Happy New Year.

Some Carpenter Bees grow quite large.


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