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Southern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa micans) ♀ | by bob in swamp
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Southern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa micans) ♀

A female southern carpenter bee nectaring on white twinevine in the local cypress swamp. This big beautiful buzzer is considered a solitary bee and is a useful pollinator. It's the less common of the two Florida species of carpenter bees. The males look completely different!

 

(I'm getting a bit backlogged on bees so it may be buzzing around here for awhile.)

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Taken on September 13, 2012