The carpenter bee is not as soft/fuzzy as the bumble as it has only a small portion of hair on its middle abdomen. As for color, some carpenter bee species are all black while some have similar yellow markings to the bumble bee but only on their head.
Black bumblebee is likely a colloquial name that is incorrectly used to describe carpenter bees, black wasps or perhaps the black-tailed bumble bee (Bombus melanopygus) that occurs in the humid areas of the Pacific Northwest.
A bumblebee (or bumble bee, bumble-bee or humble-bee) is any of over 250 species in the genus Bombus, part of Apidae, one of the bee families. This genus is the only extant group in the tribe Bombini , though a few extinct related genera (e.g., Calyptapis ) are known from fossils .
Carpenter bees are species in the genus Xylocopa of the subfamily Xylocopinae.The genus includes some 500 species in 31 subgenera. The common name "carpenter bee" derives from their nesting behavior; nearly all species burrow into hard plant material such as dead wood or bamboo.
The "Bumble Bee" is a big, hairy, black and yellow bee whose size can range from 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch. This insect is often mistaken for a carpenter bee, which closely resembles the bumble bee in appearance.
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