Insect and Bug ID forum: Is this a bee?

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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Apr 29, 2016 4:41 PM CST
While we were on errands today I was in the passenger side of the car with the window down a couple inches. All of a sudden I heard a snapping type sound and felt a sharp prick in my neck. When we were able to pull off the road I found this insect on the seat. It had apparently fallen down the back of my shirt after hitting my neck. It felt like I was stung not just bumped but we find no stinger. Felt several stabs of pain after it hit me.

Is this a bee? I thought it was but it looks a bit different, none of that golden color. It was very lethargic after it got me and took a few hours before it died.


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Name: Art
Florissant, MO (Zone 6b)
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ArtD
Apr 29, 2016 11:00 PM CST
Hi Linda,
Well, it's hard to tell for sure from the picture. However, I’d say if the top surface of the abdomen is mostly bare and shiny (instead of hairy) it’s probably a Carpenter Bee.

Art
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
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quietyard
Apr 30, 2016 11:57 AM CST
Thank You! Art.
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