Subject: Carpenter Bee?
Geographic location of the bug: Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Time: 03:05 AM EDT
I cam across this cheerful fellow in the garden and my first thought was that it is a bumble bee, but according to Wikipedia bumble bees are not found in Southern Africa. I then had a look at carpenter bees, but the images I saw all looked fairly different.
How you want your letter signed: Robin Lankes
We agree that this is a Carpenter Bee, probably a male because of his golden color. Based on this iSpot image, it might be Xylocopa caffra.