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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

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

Dear David,
Your images bear a strong resemblance to this image of a Southern Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa micans, that is pictured on BugGuide.

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

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.

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Subject: Immature black bug with undeveloped wings
Location: Northridge, CA
August 18, 2015 9:11 pm
Hi,
While working in the yard putting down mulch I came across this bug. We have a ton of Figeater Beetles, so I thought it might be an immature Figeater Beetle, but then noticed that it’s face is more like a carpenter bee. So in short I have no idea what this bug is 🙂
I live in Northridge, CA. It was hanging out in the bark mulch. It is currently summer and hot.
Thanks so much,
Signature: Angela

Female Valley Carpenter Bee with stunted wings

Female Valley Carpenter Bee with stunted wings

Dear Angela,
Our offices are near downtown Los Angeles and though we are probably ten degrees cooler than you are in Northridge, we too are suffering in the heat.  We commend you on your recognition, because this is a female Valley Carpenter Bee, but we are uncertain what is going on with her stunted wings.  We would like to think that she just completed metamorphosis and her wings eventually expanded, but we fear that some irregularity caused the stunting.  Perhaps she underwent some trauma that prevented the wings from fully developing.

Hi Daniel,
I just wanted to send a thank you! That was so great to learn. I also made a small donation to the site as a thank you. Always love going to the site to figure out who is living in my yard or house with me 😀
Thanks,
Angela

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Subject: bug identification
Location: Howrah, West Bengal, India
July 25, 2015 12:10 am
Sir,
these photographs are of a type of bee I guess. They were sucking honey from sacred basil flowers. I shall be grateful if you can provide me with further details.
Regards
Signature: Sreeradha Seth

Metallic Sweat Bee

Carpenter Bee

Dear Sreeradha,
Based on its similarity to North American species including this image on BugGuide, we believe this is a Metallic Sweat Bee in the family Halictidae, but alas, we were not able to find any similar images from India on the internet.  We did uncover this technical article including species from the family found in India, but it has no illustrations.  Metallic Sweat Bees are solitary bees with each female producing her own underground nest.  Your images are beautiful.

Metallic Sweat Bee

Carpenter Bee

Correction:  June 22, 2016
We just approved the following comment from Akshay.

The bee in this photograph isn’t of the Halictidae family, but actually belongs to family Apidae.
More specifically, it’s a small carpenter bee, i.e. genus Ceratina:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratina

Metallic Sweat Bee

Carpenter Bee

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Subject: is it a bee?
Location: Oahu (Hawaii)
April 14, 2015 11:58 am
I live in Hawaii. I often see black carpenter bees around my lavender plants. Lately, I’ve seen a bright honey colored bee? that is on flowers on the fence. It is huge, and very aggressive. It flys very fast. Is he dangerous?
Signature: jean

Male Carpenter Bee

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Jean,
Often female Carpenter Bees like you describe are very long lived, as they have to excavate tunnels in wood to serve as a nest for the young, and the nests need to be provisioned with pollen.  Many Carpenter Bees exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism, with males looking like entirely different species, as is the case with the Valley Carpenter Bee.  Male Valley Carpenter Bees are bright golden yellow, and they are very territorial, hence the aggressive behavior you observed, but since they lack stingers, they are perfectly harmless.  The much less aggressive females are capable of stinging, but we have never heard of a person being stung by a Carpenter Bee.  Male Carpenter Bees do not live as long as females, so you have probably never noticed them before.  The Sonoran Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa sonorina, has been introduced to Hawaii, and males are golden in color

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Subject: Black ?wasp ?beetle ?bee
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
April 7, 2015 7:47 am
I found this bug in my pool. It is about 35mm long and entirely black. the abdomen is hard shinny black. I can not find an image at the many bug related ID sites and was hoping you could help!
Signature: Jeffrey Scherer

Female Carpenter Bee

Female Carpenter Bee

Dear Jeffrey,
This is a female Carpenter Bee, probably a Valley Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa varipuncta.  Females are capable of stinging, but they are not aggressive bees.

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Subject: bug in the algarve, portugal
Location: lagos, portugal
February 26, 2015 12:02 pm
Hi, i found this in the mouth of my four month old puppy this morning, just wondering if it dangerous?
Signature: clare curry

Hi, have managed to find out, it is a violet flower bee

Violet Carpenter Bee

Violet Carpenter Bee

Dear Clare,
Though you have identified your Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa violacea, we are happy to post the image to our site.  According to TrekNatureReadily identified by its color, this handsome solitary bee flies in summer and autumn and again in spring, after hibernation.”  We don’t know what your weather is like right now, but we are speculating this sighting occurred on a warm day which brought the Violet Carpenter Bee out of hibernation.

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