|This is the first time in my recollection that the Leucophyllum laevigatum (Chihuanhuan sage), planted almost 3 years ago, has bloomed|
Irritated by me and my camera, it moved again, landing on the Hebe speciosa.
Its hum assured me it was a bee but I had no idea what kind. The big green eyes and orange color helped me to identify it on-line. It's a male Valley Carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipunta), one of the largest bees in the United States. The male has no stinger but it can behave aggressively around its nest, trying to scare off visitors. I haven't seen any sign of the smaller, black females in my garden or a nest, which the carpenter bees build by boring into trees.
Unlike me, my brother has no problem getting good pictures of bees (or other creatures). You can find his "best of the bees" series on his blog, The Odd Sock, here.
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