Monday, March 22, 2010

Male Carpenter Bee

Hello Everyone!

Spring has officially sprung, and the weather here in California has been perfect! Mid 70's during the day and 50's at night. This weekend had us all outdoors, enjoying the sun and doing some much needed yard work. My son, Jake, cut the grass for me on Saturday while I went to the grocery store and did some shopping. On Sunday, my daughter Abbey and I worked in the front yard weeding all the flower beds. What a chore!

On Saturday in between doing chores, the kids and I took a break and went to the movies. We got to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D. Great movie, the kids loved it. Johnny Depp is a excellent actor and the 3D effects were superb.

While working in the yard on Sunday, one of Abbey's friends found a rather large bug on the ground not really doing anything. I checked it out and discovered it was a bee. I, however, had never seen a bee like this before. We looked it up on the Internet and discovered it was a Male Carpenter Bee. We also found out it has no stinger (only the female does), so I picked it up and put it in the sun to try and warm it up.

That's what I love about being outside. There is always something new to discover. And you don't don't even have to go any farther than your own backyard.

As always have a great week!



David said...

Better know your bugs before you go picking them up, huh? One time I picked up a velvet ant. I knew what it was, but I thought if I held it by the thorax between my fingers, it couldn't sting me. WRONG! Not only did it sting me, but it stung me right up under my fingernail. Ouch!

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Ahh,Spring is great! Thanks for sharing,,What a fun dad you are,,

Take Care,,

tara said...

Fantastic pictures. They look like they are covered in velvet.