Meet a Carpenter Bee

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World)  8/23/12 

This one (below) is a male carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, as identified by native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis.

It's also called a "mountain" or "foothill" carpenter bee.

When it slits the corolla of the flower--in this case, salvia--and bypasses the pollination process--this is...

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