patchesthecryptid:@nanonaturalist I found larg…


@nanonaturalist I found large black bees. I couldn’t get a detailed shot but they were about 1in to 1.5in long and had a shiny black abdomen

Did somebody say shiny black abdomen?

Carpenter bee!

There aren’t too many species in North America, and the large carpenter bees are in the Xylocopa genus [link to bugguide page]. My friend up above is an Arizona Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica ssp. arizonensis). If it’s LARGE and BLACK and SHINY, it’s a carpenter bee!

unleeessssssss it’s a fly 

Above: Mexican Cactus Fly (Copestylum mexicanum)

August 2, 2018 (photos from April 2018)