Eastern Carpenter Bee

 

Latin name 

Xylocopa virginica

Size: 20-25mm

Flight season: March-November

Flower preferences

Feeds on a variety of flowers, including bluebells, penstemons, and food crops

Habitat 

Parks, gardens, fields, and meadows

Interesting fact

Females chew holes in dead trees, logs, or stumps to make nests. They resemble bumble bees but can be distinguished by their shiny abdomen.

 

PHOTO by Cindy Goulder

 

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