Dear Melissa – what a beautiful photos! This buzzing monster is called a Carpenter Bee – is really harmles and beautiful and good for your garden.
And it is terribly hiperactive – so to catch her on the photo like you did is VERY HARD to do!! Believe me, I know!
You did a great job!
Hugs to you & Gang –
Dear Melissa – yes they are ALL black & shiny. A bit of yellow you’ll find on Bumblebee – same size like Carpenter, but more fuzzy.
Look at my site under “Buzzing in the Sun” – “Other Bees”, and “Bumblebees”.
And keep on taking these photos – Melissa!
They are great – I love your “Winking Sunflower”, too:)
A bit of advice for photographing flying bees & such: set up your camera for continuos shutter.