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Subject:  Big black bug with blue wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Czech Republic, South Moravia
Date: 07/09/2018
Time: 09:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I’ve seen this bug on the sideway, we’ve seen anything like this never before.
Any ideas what is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Nice but unknown bug

Violet Carpenter Bee

This is a Violet Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa violacea, a species we identified on iNaturalist.  Perhaps due to global warming, it has recently been reported from the UK where it has spread from its normal rage that included continental Europe.  According to Independent:  “Even though it is one of the scariest-looking insects you’re ever likely to catch sight of (typically measuring at least 25mm in length but appearing considerably larger in flight), it is the violet, not the violent carpenter bee. A killer bee it is not; it is not aggressive and is unlikely to sting you. The name comes from the violet wings, which appear to give a blue sheen to its black body when in flight.”  According to Life In Galicia:  “they are harmless – only the female can sting but will do so only if directly provoked. The male just buzzes about, guards the nest and looks after the female.” 

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Subject:  Large Golden Bee
Geographic location of the bug:  Tucson, AZ
Date: 06/28/2018
Time: 10:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this? Large similar to the size of a beetle but looks like bee.
How you want your letter signed:  Anna

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Anna,
This is a male Valley Carpenter Bee, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism.

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Subject:  Black hornet/bee
Geographic location of the bug:  Macedonia Ohrid
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 02:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Any help will be much appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  Nebul0za

Carpenter Bee, we believe

Dear Nebul0za,
We believe this is a Carpenter Bee in the subfamily Xylocopinae.  Here is a FlickR image of an individual from Crete.

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Subject:  What is this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Corona, CA
Date: 06/09/2018
Time: 11:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a female Carpenter Bee? I found it in my side yard.
Thank you,
How you want your letter signed:  Carrie in Corona

Female Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Carrie in Corona,
You are correct that this is a female Valley Carpenter Bee, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism.  Male Valley Carpenter Bees are golden in color and females are black.  Male Valley Carpenter Bees, like other male bees and wasps, are not capable of stinging since the stinger of wasps and bees is a modified ovipositor, an organ used by the female to lay eggs.  Female Valley Carpenter Bees are not aggressive, and though they are capable of stinging, they rarely do so.

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Subject:  Carpenter Bee from Bangkok, Thailand
Geographic location of the bug:  Nhong Bon, Bangkok, Thailand
Date: 05/31/2018
Time: 07:08 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I shoot these photos on May 27, 2018 in a park located in Nhong Bon District, Bangkok, Thailand.  It is a big black shiny bug with blue eyes and blue wings. When I found it, it laid on the road path and could not fly. A big red ant was attempting to harm it so I moved it to the tree nearby. I have never see this bug before but due to my research (from this site) It  possibly be a Carpenter Bee.  I’m so excited.
How you want your letter signed:  Prasyth P.

Carpenter Bee

Dear Prasyth,
We concur that this is a Carpenter Bee.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site in mid-June while we are away from the office.

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Subject:  Is this a type of large bee?
Geographic location of the bug:  Luanda Angola, West Africa
Date: 03/02/2018
Time: 03:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This large 3-inch bee-looking insect visited me on a beach in Luanda, Angola in West Africa. It was alone & looked tired and crawled when I touched it.
It appeared to be a bee with fuzzy legs but was very large.
How you want your letter signed:  Michael Ryan

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Michael,
This is a Carpenter Bee, probably
Xylocopa capra.  Like many species of Carpenter Bees, males are gold in color while females are black.

Daniel, thanks so much for the quick & accurate answer. Impressive!!!!
I’m thrilled to be able to speak knowledgeably – much appreciated!
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