Giant resin bee

Megachile sculpturalis (Hymenoptera), the giant resin bee.  At least that’s what I think it is. Never seen it before, but pretty distinctive in the way it holds its wings upright when resting. Beautiful insect, maybe shy of an inch long. Apparently makes nests inside old holes chewed out by carpenter bees. Photograph taken in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Giant resin bee

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