Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Kind of Cicada?
September 1, 2009
Dear Bugman,
This bug appeared in my backyard for the first time this year. We’ve lived in the house for 6 years. My wife though bee family, I’m thinking cicada. Verdict?
Encino, CA

Valley Carpenter Bee
Valley Carpenter Bee

Hi Mickey,
This golden green-eyed male Valley Carpenter Bee differs significantly from his sexually dimorphic, black mate.  The larger female Valley Carpenter Bee lives longer and visits flowers to gather pollen and nectar to feed her brood.

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