That left me with an identification of Carpenter Bee, but this specimen just didn’t look like the Carpenter Bees I’m used to seeing around the barn and house. The hair on the thorax was much darker and browner than a normal Carpenter Bee. I concluded that I was observing a Giant Resin Bee, an introduced Asian species that is spreading quickly across the
After a moment, it began using its front legs to rub the ventral side of its thorax.
It squirmed back-and-forth much like a dog will do when it finds something particularly stinky to roll in. I figured it was in the clutches of either a crab spider or an ambush bug. I moved in to see if I could spot the predator.
Whatever its strange behavior had been, it had nothing to do with being snared by a predator.
I’ve never observed a bee that moved so clumsily about on the flowers. It fumbled around like it had six left feet. Here it made a belly flop on the flower with its legs hanging free on either side. Eventually it flew off. This was an interesting encounter, but I’m never thrilled to add another non-native species to my list of Blue Jay Barrens residents.