Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Is this a Beetle?
March 23, 2010
Hey there,
I was out in my backyard in Glendale, Arizona when I stumbled on this odd looking bug.
What exactly is it? Is it dangerous in any way? I searched your site and googled a description, but I couldn’t find any info on this bug.
Thanks for your time!
Glendale, AZ (USA)

Valley Carpenter Bee

Hi Joe,
This is a perfectly harmless male Valley Carpenter Bee.

Thank you for the quick reply!!
Man, that bee is huge!  I’ve never seen one like that before.
Thanks again, we were a little nervous because we have a 2 year old who runs around a lot in the back yard.

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