Giant amber colored bee
When visiting the public rose garden at the state capitol in Sacramento CA this May, I saw a huge, very hairy, golden-amber colored bee. It was 2+ inches long and lumbering in movement. At first I thought it was a hummingbird! I followed it quite closely for a while and got a good look at it.
I've looked in many bee books since then, and I have learned that there are hundreds of species of bees in California, but I can't find a book that pictures or decribes more than a dozen.
Does anyone know what this might have been?