Big Bee, Big Eyes

male carpenter bee portrait

Here is one I posted on Flickr a while back. This Southern Carpenter Bee was photographed in south Florida. It was a large but rather placid subject, hanging onto a flower for a great many shots, in contrast to the often busy buzzing and patrolling I saw a lot of carpenter bees doing down there (although I believe those were mostly Eastern Carpenter Bees, off the top of my head). Big eyes here is a male indicated in part by the yellow face. He reminds me a little of a South Park character. (Full lateral view below.)

lateral view of male carpenter bee


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