And Now, a Giant Bee
Can I interest you in an unidentified insect in my sister's garden?
(We punched holes in the container and released the thing after my brother in law got home from work and couldn't identify it either).
The Core Team got to work.
So...my guess is it's a Holzbiene, whatever that is in English. We get many of them in summer, they are friendly but really big.
Carpenter bee, according to wikipedia. Does that sound right?
Yes, that looks like it.
It looks like you got it right, Tav. Wonderful detective work there!
Xylocopa violacea, the violet carpenter bee, it is. Good job setting it free!