Carpenter Bee. (Xylocopa virginica)
Taken at a quick shutter speed in good midday light, this picture was a bitch. Carpenter bees are territorial solitary insects that burrow in (you guessed it) wood, including trees, dead logs, and houses. I found this male guarding his area in the brush of the MSC grounds, attacking butterflies, other bees, and even a couple birds if they came to close. I guess he didn’t find me a threat, so I sat in the middle of it and proceeded to struggle in manual focus, auto focus being impossible with such a small and quickly moving subject. His movements were erratic; I must have taken around 100 pictures within twenty minutes. Maybe next time I’ll just find a dead one and hang it from some fishing line outside.