Very Large Bees
We are used to bees, honeybees, bumblebees and carpenter bees. However, we had a new bee yesterday, much larger than the carpenter (boring) bees. It was pushing 2" in length and was rectangular shaped all the way down. It's head was yellow and it's "back" was yellow like it was wearing a pointed cape across it's shoulders and pointed downward toward it's back. Then the rest of this giant bee was black, but rectangular all the way down. It's did not narrow in at the waist or towards it's bottom. I tried to take a photo, but only had my cell phone so it isn't very close up but does show the coloration. It was really enjoying the new flowers we were planting and when a hummingbird came in to drink the bee came up and the two looked at each other and each went back to its business. The bee was not as large as the ruby throated hummingbird, but not that much smaller either.