Subject: Super large bee
Location: Tampa Florida
February 21, 2013 6:47 pm
We found this bee in our yard in Tampa on Feb 21, 2013. It measures 2 inches long.
This is a male Carpenter Bee, and we don’t believe it is a species native to Florida. Members of the subgenus Neoxylocopa which includes the Valley Carpenter Bee, exhibit sexual dimorphism and the males are golden while the females are black. BugGuide lists the range as: “essentially a neotropical group, with a couple of spp. restricted to Pacific islands; in our area, one sp. widely western (to sw. BC), another only along the Mexican border (TX-AZ).” To the best of our knowledge, no Carpenter Bees from eastern North America have golden males, though there are native Carpenter Bees.