OMG!!! It's a Valley Carpenter Bee!

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:56 PM

I was just enjoying an afternoon break in the swing when I spied the most amazing bee I've ever seen.  It was HUGE and FUZZY and entirely YELLOW!!!

I immediately rushed inside to get my camera in hopes that it would still be there when I returned.  And indeed it was.  
This is a male Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipuncta.  It's common in Southern California and north through the Central Valley.  But from a quick Internet search, I don't think they are very common in the Bay Area.  
This is a fuzzy yellow male and he has emerald eyes.  I love that they are called Teddy Bear Bees, because that's exactly what he looked like.  I am super excited that this fellow visited my Bay Friendly Garden.  I planted the entire front yard for pollinators, and seeing this huge guy (about an inch long and as thick as my little finger if not more) makes me oh so happy!  I'm literally jittery!