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Black Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa tabaniformis - female

Black Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa tabaniformis - Female
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, pond MB05, Santa Clara County, California, USA
September 23, 2008
Size: ~13 mm
All black bee with smoky dark wings. Family Apidae, female.

Female carpenter bee.
This is a female bee in the genus Xylocopa, no doubt Xylocopa tabaniformis (though I don't know the subspecies down there, mabye X. t. orpifex?). Dr. Ascher will know:-)

X. t. orpifex
that's it