Subject: Carpenter Bee?
Geographic location of the bug: Johannesburg, South Africa
Time: 11:08 AM EDT
Just wanted to know if this is a carpenter bee, male or female?
Thanks for a great website.
How you want your letter signed: Bees knees
Dear Bees knees,
This is indeed a Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa caffra, and the two white bands indicate it is a female. Here is an iSpot image for comparison. Males of the species are golden in color, and here is an iSpot image.
Thanks so much for the quick response.
It’s a beautiful bee. Never seen it before.