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California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica)
Order Hymenoptera, Family Apidae
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California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica)

General: California Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa californica) are large bumblebee-like bees that are not covered with dense hairs. Female carpenter bees chew into wood forming galleries where they store food and lay eggs. Males often patrol outside the burrows driving away other males and hoping for a chance to mate.

Taxonomy: Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies), Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees), Subfamily Xylocopinae (Carpenter Bees), Large Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa).

California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica)

Note size difference between carpenter bee and typical honey bee.

California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica) California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica)
California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica) California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica)
California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica)
Carpenter Bee feeding on Desert Princesplume nectar
California Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica)
Carpenter Bee feeding on Desert Princesplume nectar
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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