Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Insect id

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Can you identify the attached photographed insect

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Hi, Larry:

Sure, the insect in the image (very clear, thank you) is a male Eastern Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa virginica .  Here's more about them:

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/carpenter-bees

Males generally patrol places where females are nesting.  They are territorial and aggressive, but do not sting (males do not have a stinger).  So, if one hovers in front of your face, looking all intimidating, no need to worry.

Females bore holes in logs, dead trees, stumps, and structural timbers on buildings.  Only rarely do they cause enough damage to warrant concern.  Woodpeckers trying to get at larval carpenter bees can do far worse cosmetic damage.

Hope this helps.  Enjoy their presence, they are important pollinators of wild and cultivated flowers, trees, and shrubs.

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Publications
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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