Female Carpenter Bee
I was taking the garbage and recycle bags to the dumpster today, and had my camera with me, (of course). I noticed one of the black bees was busy in one of the flowering bushes near the dumpster enclosure.
None of the pictures I had taken of these black bees were particularly good so far, so I followed the bee with the Nikon as it went from flower to flower.
Male Carpenter Bee
I am so glad I did because a golden bee had shown up around the same bush as the black one. Not knowing what this golden bee was, I followed it around, snapping pictures rapidly in the hope that there would be a few good ones.
Later, when looking up (Googling) carpenter bees to see why one was golden, I discovered it was male and the black ones are female. Their official name is Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipuncta. More Information
Rosebud along the Treehouse driveway
Flowers and plants are blooming profusely in the summer warmth. It is the time of year, here at the Treehouse, when flowers only last a day or two before the wind and dry hot air desiccates them. Thus the bountiful array of new buds.
Cacti and succulents are sprouting
What a wonderful time to see powerful propagating techniques and trickery.
New potential roses lined up to bloom
There are different pollinators flying around day and night. Flowering plants are wafting the specific perfume scents for their particular reproduction assistants.
The cactus flowers open at night to attract moths, bats and other pollinators.
All of a sudden I am hearing the Theme To A Summer Place. Must be the pheromones!
So there you have it. A great topic of conversation for a summer picnic or on a walk through the garden. Carpenter bees are prolific pollinators, too.
If you read the information at the link about Carpenter Bees you know you can relax when you see these large bees. The male has no stinger and females are rarely known to sting people.
That’s the buzz for now.