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Furry Golden Brown/Orange Bumblebee-Like Bug - Xylocopa sonorina

Furry Golden Brown/Orange Bumblebee-Like Bug - Xylocopa sonorina
La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California, USA
May 7, 2012
Size: approx. 2.5 cm
Observed flying in a pattern around (but never landing on) California Poppies and Showy Penstemon flowers in our front yard, about 1.5 hours before sunset. It repeatedly flew a similar circuit, pausing in a spot for about 3 seconds before moving to the next spot in the circuit. It looks like a bumblebee, but larger, furrier and more orange than any I've seen before. I have several more photos (thought none quite as good) if a different view would be useful.

Golden Bumble or Carpenter bee ? Geometric flight pattern?
The behavior of flying about in a sort of geometric shaped pattern in one area I read may 'bee' that it is a male hovering over a nest waiting for the fertile females to emerge.

Gorgeous and very charming bees and I was glad to find that the behavior was not due to being disorientated or the loss of a nest!

Furry Orange Bumblebee
May 2-2020 10:00 am Burbank, CA. Spotted this imposing stranger taking a rest on a Calla Lily. A new treat in a constantly surprising and delightful garden!

Furry Brown Bumble Bee
During the national crisis of Covid19, I have been self isolating at my home. On April 14,2020, at approximately 4:30 PM, Orangevale, Ca. I was working in my yard and notice 3 Golden (Honey/Carmel looking) Bumble Bees. (Note: Throughout my entire life and into retirement, I have never seen this type of bumble Bee). I was planting Lantana and suddenly I heard a buzzing sound and observed all 3 swarming around me. Needless to say, I got out of their way, stood back and observed. All 3 made quick momentary movements and at times hovering in place and as if they (Bees) were looking in my direction. After about 20 minutes all 3 bees departed but returned 10 minutes later. Eventually they (bees) headed west and I was able to resume planting Lantana.

another N Cali sighting
There are a few of these guys hovering around our yard in the San Carlos Hills. Guess they're moving north!

Spotted buzzing around roses in Menlo Park April 16, 2016
Observed hovering around roses and other flowering plants in our front yard around dusk. Very unusual color and huge (1.5 inches). Menlo Oaks is in unincorporated San Mateo County and our address is Menlo Park! So it must be the same family of bees. We took a photo.

Spotted in Menlo Park, CA today
Perfect description of what I saw at twilight today! I was mesmerized, wondered if I should roll up the car windows. It was loud, seemed to hover then move like an alien spaceship in a movie. Wow!

Spotted one!
August 15, 2015 in Menlo Park CA garden. Charming little fellow was conspicuously navigating such a precise pattern about blooming tomato plants in the sunset, I just had to watch. The brilliant eyes and reflective golden hairs were georgeous. Memorable.

Moved from ID Request.


Looking through the sample photos of the males, it definitely looks like a match to me.

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