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Carpenter Bee / male - Xylocopa varipuncta - male

Carpenter Bee / male - Xylocopa varipuncta - Male
Manteca, San Joaquin County, California, USA
September 15, 2012
Size: 1" approx.
I know that this is a Carpenter bee , but I wanted to post this photo as it is the best that I have captured of this busy fellow . Other than getting lucky with one finally landing to feed on pollen and maybe getting a hovering eye to eye shot , I have found it impossible to get a nice close shot ... UNTIL , I found a sleepy fellow in the early morning who , before the sun rose , could only make one leg move a little and twitch an antennae . I was ecstatic to find him sleeping naturally especially because I could finally take some close photos of him and his beautiful green eyes and golden fur . I know that BugGuide already has some great pictures of this fellow but I felt compelled to ask a few questions that I was curious about . Is it true that the Carpenter bee cannot sting or bite ? Many people get these docile fellows confused with Bumble Bees , can you tell me the differences between them ? BugGuide continues to be my favorite web-site and my interest in insects and all of nature is ever-growing . I feel that most people have no clue about the natural world and just think of insects as pests and the growing insecticides for the garden is a tell-tale sign . I like my garden but enjoy the insects more and feel that us people can grow as individuals if we can just learn more about the environment and everything that exists in it / the little things mean so much ! Thanks , sincerely Beth

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Beautiful picture, beautiful words, Beth :)

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