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Old 07-22-2013, 03:10 PM
 
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Okay, so it make things a bit clearer I live in Peoria AZ.

I see these giant black fuzzy bugs when I go out walking. Though I haven't seen them out lately, I don't know if that's because it's too hot for me to walk right now or they go somewhere else during the summer.

They're huge, and completely black and look really fuzzy. I don't have a picture so I can't show you. Apparently no one else sees them because I can't find anything on the internet about them. They don't chase me or anything, but I usually run away from them because they freak me out.

I never have seen one walking, always flying and they seem kind of big, it's like their bodies are drooping because they're too heavy to fly.

If I had to guess, I'd say they're 2 or 2 1/2 inches long. Maybe even three.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I was thinking carpenter bees.

Carpenter bee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But I've never seen one 3 in long.

The other thing that comes to mind is something like a tarantula hawk.

Tarantula hawk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But their shape is more obvious.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Probably a carpenter bee. They give me a heart attack every time they fly in front of me just because they are so large but they are way less aggressive than regular bees. I've never had to swat one away. I'm from OH so every time I see one my first thought is that it's a horsefly and I freak out, but they are really nothing to worry about.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:05 AM
 
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That sounds like a bumblebee to me, always thought they were so cute and fuzzy. They aren't 3", but they're pretty big, fuzzy and can come in all-black.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:59 AM
 
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Is this what your seeing. If so they're carpenter bees. Hamilton Inspections

Carpenter bees are busy this time of the year, they are harmless, they have no stingers and they do not bite.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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Yeah sounds like Carpenter Bees.
Personally I call those things BEE-52's.



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Old 07-25-2013, 04:30 PM
 
Location: LN and PHX
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Is this what your seeing. If so they're carpenter bees. Hamilton Inspections

Carpenter bees are busy this time of the year, they are harmless, they have no stingers and they do not bite.
I think they have stingers, I grabbed one and it had a stinger. lol But, they are not aggressive at all. Just don't grab one and try and tie a string to it, they get upset.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:55 PM
 
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I think they have stingers, I grabbed one and it had a stinger. lol But, they are not aggressive at all. Just don't grab one and try and tie a string to it, they get upset.
You're seeing sensory feelers. Carpenter bees, aka bumble bees, do not bite/sting.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:24 AM
 
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Carpenter Bees — Entomology — Penn State University

Had to look it up. A few weeks ago one hovered right in front of my face while I was sitting, leaning on a stump. When I backed up it pushed forward. When I was 2ft from the stump it flew into a hole in the stump. I guess it was telling me to "get off the lawn".
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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They slow and you can catch them easy. My 2 y.o. son catch one recently.
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