Carpenter Bee

Photograph taken by on Sunday, October 30, 2016
Carpenter Bee on Marigold

Carpenter Bee on Marigold

There are not nearly as many flowers left in the yard as we approach the end of October. We’ll still have some warm days (today was in the 80s!) but in general, plants are switching into autumn mode. Annuals, of course, don’t have the luxury of going dormant so they can overwinter and start up again in the sprint. So, some of them bloom until the cold kills them once and for all. Marigolds (Tagetes species and cultivars) are a good example. This is one that Cathy planted in a small bed where a dead tree was removed. The bees, of course, are still active and looking for anything they can get. This is an eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica).

One Response to Carpenter Bee

  1. maureeen

    Henry, I normally have to quickly glance away from your insect photos (sorry) but this one is so beautiful it doesn’t creep me out.
    This is a very awkward compliment.