Male Valley Carpenter Bee

what kind of bug is this!!!
Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM
i found this bug sitting on the walkway to my house. it’s march 4, 2009. i already have a scorpion infestation. i don’t want to look forward to something else. please help me identify what kind of bug this is. and also, if you have any tips of getting rid of scorpions, do tell!!!
lacey micallef
chandler, arizona

Valley Carpenter Bee
Valley Carpenter Bee

Hi Lacey,
This is a harmless male Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipuncta.  The female is larger and black.  If Valley Carpenter Bees become extremely plentiful in an area, the females may cause damage to wood if large numbers of them carve brood burrows in structures.  Telephone poles are quite attractive as nesting sites.  We don’t offer extermination advice.

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