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Carpenter Bee

September 13, 2016

Before this year, I’d seen a carpenter bee (Xylocopa) once before (and taken a picture and asked online acquaintances to ID it), which was why I knew what it was that sat on a Zinnia at work one morning.

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I showed it to my boss when he came into the greenhouse, and when the carpenter bee flew off and started bouncing around under the greenhouse roof, I said, “I hope it finds the way out.” Because sometimes insects fail to realise that there’s no way out at the top of the roof.

And as if it had understood me, it flew down, sat on my chest and stayed there until I’d walked outside.

We’ve seen it on and off all summer, usually around the mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea) or the clary sage (Salvia sclarea), and it always makes me happy to see it. It’s become kind of a mascot for the Teeny Tiny Village Nursery for me.

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