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Eastern Carpenter Bee on Purple

When we saw this bee buzzing around the rich purple flowers in Grant Park Sean and I both mistook it for a Bumblebee. When we got home, I remembered the all species of bumblebees are fuzzy, so we started to look around for what else it might be. I was amused to learn after Shannon made the ID for us that the Eastern Carpenter is often mistaken for a bumblebee due to its size. They are quite big.

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Taken on September 13, 2009