Valley Carpenter Bee
Xylocopa varipuncta

Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipunctaValley carpenter bees are most often called "black bumble bees".  This is a female, she is completely black in color, the yellow on her back is pollen.

Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipunctaAs the bee gathers nectar from this passion flower, the flower dabs pollen on her back.  At the next flower some of the pollen will be rubbed off by the stigma, on the end of the purple arm.

Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipunctaThe male carpenter bee is yellow.  I was not able to figure out why he was hovering in this spot.  He would hover a while, leave, then return to hover again and again.

Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipunctaThis pile of fine white powder is an indication that a carpenter bee has busy somewhere above.  It is the "saw dust" from the excavation of a nest tunnel in dead wood.

Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipunctaHere is the opening of a carpenter bee's tunnel in a dead branch of a violet trumpet vine on the back wall.  I have watched as one bee worked on a tunnel in a log of firewood.

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