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Bug of the Week: Big Blond Bee

Look who I found upside down in a water bowl this week:

(About as big as your thumb to the first knuckle.)

I tipped him out and waited to see what happened.

He quivered for a moment, then flew off.

Any ideas what kind of bee it is?

Here’s a hint:

These two bees are actually the same species. The big blond one is the male carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina. The black one is the female. It isn’t uncommon to see the females flying about and visiting flowers.

The males are less common. They spend their time marking plants with pheromones (scents) to attract the females.

And, if you were wondering, male carpenter bees don’t sting so I could get close to take the photograph.

Do carpenter bees live where you are?

Saguaros Flowering in September?

I’ve been stalking a neighbor’s saguaro this week because it is flowering.

For those of you who don’t see these giant cacti every day, saguaros usually flower in June, not September.

The flowers usually open at night, but these are staying open well into the morning, which makes them accessible to day-active pollinators like these honey bees and the carpenter bee on the right.

With all the buds, looks like they’ll be enjoying flowers for a few more days at least.

Have you seen any flowers or bees this week?

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