Eastern Carpenter Bee

Stumped by a backyard find!
Location: Wake Forest, NC
February 3, 2012 5:34 pm
My dog found this insect in our backyard yesterday 2/2/12. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m hoping you can help tell me what it is!
Thank you!
Signature: Megan

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Hi Megan,
This sure appears to be an Eastern Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa virginica.  You can view higher resolution images on BugGuide for comparison.

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