Giant Resin Bee (Megachile sculpturalis)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Megachilidae
Genus: Megachile
Species: sculpturalis

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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On Aug 16, 2007, jockoo from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

I've seen them here (Philadelphia, PA) only in the last two years.
The males hang around the nest but are not aggresive and can't sting anyhow.

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On Aug 5, 2006, Hyblaean from Necedah, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/15541 - really nice living shots on this website- worth seeing
by Beatriz Moisset

Identification
They have a cylindrical body ranging from 1/2 to almost one inch (14 - 24 mm) in length, which is longer than most other bees in North America. The females tend to be larger than the males. The head and abdomen of the giant resin bee are black. Dense yellowish-brown hairs cover its thorax. Their wings are dark, but still transparent.

Season
June to september in North Carolina.

Life Cycle
The female bee nests alone and begins by preparing a cell in an existing tube or narrow cavity, using resin and sap collected ... read more

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