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Golden Bumblebee ?? - Xylocopa varipuncta - male

Golden Bumblebee ?? - Xylocopa varipuncta - Male
Manteca, San joaquin County, California, USA
August 3, 2007
Size: about 1 1/2 "
I have seen this golden Bumblebee one week before this picture was taken on the Sunflower . But , it was hovering around a Fotinia bush occassionally zooming away but coming back always keeping his green eyes on me . I never thought that I would be lucky enough to take a photo of it still . The golden Bumblebee dug his way through the pollen of the Sunflower head and buried his head deep within always moving in a clockwise circle . He must have stayed on that one Sunflower for 10 minutes and did not let the dive bombing smaller Bees bother it nor did he seem to care that I was there with a camera so close . It was a great day , but I have not seen him since .

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Golden Bumblebee ?? - Xylocopa varipuncta - male Golden Bumblebee ?? - Xylocopa varipuncta - male

Golden carpenter bee
I just saw a bee like this for the first time. We live in the foothills southeast of San Bernardino, California, and one came and buzzed around a nandina bush. We have lived here over two decades, but I've never seen this bee before. I'm happy to identify it—I had no idea what it was.

Just seen one for the first t
Just seen one for the first time today with my daughter and we managed to get a picture of it.https://instagram.com/p/1_f3F8HrN5/

yellow bumblebee
I have one just like this in my back yard

WOW
Thank you for taking such a great photo... I was just outside in Valley Glen, CA and saw this guy...he was so interesting but I ran in to check the internet to make sure he wasn't aggresive...the photo was perfect for my research. Then his black couterpart encountered me...hard to get over the misinformation of our youth.

I found a bee similar to this
I found a bee similar to this one dead in the back of my car last year after returning from a trip (from Chico to Redwood City, CA). I still have the specimen, somewhere & I'm interested in learning what it is since it's so beatiful.

 
Yellow Bumble Bee (Male Carpenter Bees)
My wife and I saw a large yellow bumble bee hovering in our plum tree in san Jose, CA on Sunday march 23rd. I noticed him hovering because the sound he made was so loud that while was gardening I couldn't ignore him. I went to investigate the buzzing sound and the eyes of this beautiful bee kept staring at me. It was as if he was staring me down, but he remained docile and very pretty pollinating my plum tree.

 
Golden Bumblebee
I saw this bee for the first time recently in my garden June 21st in San Jose near Kooser & Meridian. It was early morning and he was enjoying an onion flower. I was amazed at his size and beauty. I have seen the all black Carpenter Bees often in my garden. I am also seeing some new birds this year.

 
I stumbled across this pictur
I stumbled across this picture and thread as I just saw one of these bees in my own yard in San Jose. I'm at Kooser & Joseph just a couple of blocks from Meridian. 2012 these guys are still around!

 
Just saw one of these for the first time
It was so odd that I had to look it up. It was all golden. My son and a neighbor kid were playing on a slip and slide in the back yard and the bumble bee came in for a drink I suppose. We helped him go on his way. We are in Sacramento County.

 
golden Bee
I agree , this bee is beautiful . It has been identified as a male carpenter bee and the female of the species is all black . The scientific name is Xylocopa varipuncta

 
Golden Carpenter Bees
Although I once lived in the Sacramento Valley, I never saw these there. Now I live in Tucson, Arizona. We have no real bumblebees, but lots of "black bumblebees" which are carpenter bees. They like to tunnel into dried stalks of palm flowers. In the spring I sometimes see these golden drones. They are very busy and loud. I've never seen one land on anything. I did not connect them to the female carpenter bees until I accessed this site. Apparently the males are stingless. You'd have to crush a female to get her to sting, they are not at all aggressive.

 
Golden bumble bee
For the past 5 years or so, when flowers start to bloom, at first one then two will fly around my front yard but never land, as though they are scouting or staking a claim. Now I look forward to their arrival, and they just came today, 4/1/11. Spring is really here now. Hollywood, CA.

 
Golden Bumble bee
Last year was the first time I have ever took notice of this particular bee. I am certain I had never seen it before (and I dig bugs). It was really one of those "WTF?" insect moments. And I am born and raised So Cal.

Well, they sure love the CA native shrub, White Flowered Mtn. Lilac. (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Snow Flurry). They go bezerko for the white flower clusters. This bears mentioning as I grow a quite number of different lilacs. So again this year (just yesterday) one saunters over the garden wall. He looked like a big gold nugget with wings. Again, straight to the white flowered lilac (as opposed to blue blooming varieties (Frosty Blue or Santa Barbara Mountain Lilac)). I had no idea he was a drone Carpenter bee. I thought maybe he was a black bee so completely body-doused in pollen that he appeared yellow. But then I got close. Wild.

So a male Carpenter bee? Too cool. I just wish he would hold still for enough time to allow me get a pic. Always moving. Hope I see more.

 
Carpenter Bee Appearance
I saw one today, 24APR11, in San Jose. We have many of the females that get into some kudzu that has taken over the back yard, but I have never seen these before. The folks who have managed to get the photos have my respect and the bee seems to be a constant motion machine.

 
Golden Bumble Bee Sighting Hawthorne CA
We had one in our nectarine tree this afternoon. I too agree, getting a picture of this very active guy was more than I could capture. He was very active, very aware of his surroundings, but really seemed to like my tree at least for the afternoon.

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