Robber at work.
No, this isn't a bank heist or a gas station hold-up or a home invasion.
A carpenter bee is slitting the sides of salvia (sage) to steal the nectar.
Floral larceny! Book 'em, Danno!
Carpenter bees are nectar robbers. Nectar...
Carpenter bee robbing nectar
A female carpenter bee (Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex) pierces the corolla of salvia to rob the nectar. (Identified by Robbin Thorp, UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology.) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bumblebee is about the same size as a carpenter bee, but its abdomen is covered with dense hair, often black and yellow. This is a Bombus vosnesenskii, the most common California bumblebee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)