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First carpenter bee sighting of the year

March 27, 2019

 

Here is my first carpenter bee sighting of the year on our patio.

 

It is a male Mountain Carpenter Bee Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, approaching blossoms on the Chiapas salvia plant.

 

What a magnificent bee!

Look at the large green eye and yellowish fuzzy anterior thorax.

It visits the patio throughout the day, feeding on the nectar of the salvia and lavender plants.

 

 

 

 

 

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