Specimen Spot – Hymenoptera

Valley Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) While you may refer to it as a bumblebee, this large fuzzy critter is actually a Valley Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa varipuncta). Found throughout the western United States and Mexico, their genus boasts the largest insect eggs in the world. While their size intimidates their competitors for nectar and pollen, they…