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Happenings in the insect world
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by Katee Owens
on March 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM
Loved the pictures! Just stunning! Thanks for sharing the story of these lovely pollinators, I'll be watching for them in my garden(tho up in Mariposa I don't remember seeing them before).
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on March 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM
Thank you! These bees are spectacular. We've seen them at the University of California, Davis at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road. I often see the females (solid black) but not so much the males.
by Bob G.
on March 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Just very impressive and beautiful!
by jan
on March 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM
Wow, beautiful photos, and good info too, I've never seen this pollinator, but will keep my eyes open for it and the female too from now on!
by Donna McGinty
on July 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I have a real nice Golden Bee buzzing around my garden in Oceanside, CA 92054. I live about 1 1/2 miles from the beach in Northern San Diego County. I have lots of Pasa Flora of three different types in my garden and lots of Lions Tail and Sage of different types and he seems to love them all. He only shows up in the afternoon around 3 P.M.  
Do these bees migrate in the winter or stay around my area?  
Thanks, Donna
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on July 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM
Donna, I've seen these valley carpenter bees around passiflora (passion flower), too. The males are green-eyed blonds and the females are solid black.  
Says native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis: "Her observation that the males are active in the afternoon is very typical for these bees. These bees do not migrate, but the males and females overwinter as adults in their nest tunnels, usually in dead tree limbs. So they may come out on some balmy winter days, but most likely she will not see them until spring."
 
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