This morning started with heavy fog which gave way to wind so I altered my plan to go to the State park and went bee hunting instead. I found this big, burly carpenter bee, dusted with pollen, on a Feay's Palafox at Juno Dunes Natural Area. Our carpenter bee is larger than our local bumblebees. How to tell a carpenter bee from a bumble bee: 1. Bumble bees usually nest in the ground while carpenter bees tunnel into wood. 2. Carpenter bees have bare, shiny black abdomens, bumblebees have hairy abdomens with some yellow markings. 3. Carpenter bees often wear tiny little tool belts and hard hats. This one was busy and noisy and paid no attention to me at all.