Category: deep south

The Good Carpenter Bee.  

The Good Carpenter Bee.  

This is the other species of carpenter bee that occurs in the Eastern U.S.  Xylocopa micans.  For some reason it thumbs its labrum at dry wood in buildings, decks, and fences (unlike its cousin X. virginica).  

Because it retires to natural habitats its nesting preferences are little known and yet another place where contributions by sharp-eyed naturalistas can be made.This male was photographed by Anders Croft.  Bee collected by Mimi Jenkins in Watermelon fields of South Carolina