Female Carpenter Bee found in Mexico

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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  1. We are vacationing at Diamante, Cobo San Lucas. There are 4 to 5 bore holes in log beams at our villa. Looks like the female Carpenter Bee is here! I have pictures!


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