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Southern Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa micans - female

Southern Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa micans - Female
Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
September 20, 2004
Dark colored bee, I think, about bumblebee sized. Photographed in a park about 1/4 mile from the beach.

Moved to guide--X. micans
Mike, I moved this to the guide for Xylocopa micans. I'm relatively (!) sure that's what this is. See the guide page for details on identification.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Carpenter Bee--Xylocopa micans?
To my unpracticed eye, it looks like a Carpenter bee. All large eastern carpenter bees are in genus Xylocopa. X. virginica I know well. If this is a Xylocopa, it must be X. micans, the only other eastern species in the genus.
See Discover Life page--female X. micans looks close. Also see Univ. Florida.

The flower is Painted Leaf, Poinsettia heterophylla. It has those neat red patches on the leaves to highlight the flowers--those are actually small and not brightly colored.
Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina