It’s livelier in the summertime with homes everywhere getting decked out for barbecues, pool parties, and family reunions—any excuse to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the company of friends and family. However, there may be unwelcome guests at your party every now and then, and pests—mosquitoes, ants, and wasps—are the top party crashers of the season.
California Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa californica) are relatively large bees that are all-black in appearance, with some bluish/greenish reflections. The male is differentiated by lighter markings in the abdominal segments. They are agriculturally beneficial insects, and they play an important role in pollinating plants.