Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica) ♂

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    A carpenter bee (une abeille charpentière) foraging for nectar on a blossoming saw palmetto. The little yellow mask on the head means this one's a boy. These large bees are loud and frisky buzzers and are often mistaken for bumblebees. They have shiny black, hairless abdomens while bumblebees are fuzzy. They nest by boring into dry, standing wood, preferably conifers (but sometimes homes). Males are very curious and guard their territories against other males so they are often seen hovering along trails. The males cannot sting. Juno Dunes Natural Area, Palm Beach County.

    Shannon Rose O'Shea, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. bob in swamp 37 months ago | reply

      This one from last year is a female:
      Bee & Ant Share Drink, Become Friends!

    2. ccammarata1 [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

      fantastic close up!

    3. Mr Woodchip 37 months ago | reply

      I like the gleam in his eye. Another perfectly sharp image!

    4. Serge Dai 37 months ago | reply

      Amazing and so sharp close up, Bob!

    5. Cassiopée2010 37 months ago | reply

      magnifiques macros !

    6. ¨ ♪ Claudio Lara ✔ 37 months ago | reply

      A macro deserves congratulations !

    7. tclaud2002 37 months ago | reply

      Incredible Shot! Great Job!!

    8. robchopper 37 months ago | reply

      Fantastic detail Bob!

    9. Walter R. Gonçalves 37 months ago | reply

      excelente macro!!!!!!!!

    10. EncyclopediaOfLife 35 months ago | reply

      Encyclopedia of Life curator Jason Sharp has trusted your image on the EOL site

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