I live at the north end of Lake Como in Italy. Every day I have this visitor on my balcony - it is solitary and usually arrives during the afternoon.
He/she is a chubby insect.
Would appreciate identification
Looks like what we'd call a Carpenter Bee down here. Compare - Bugguide.net has a lot of great shots of the different species. They're beneficial pollinators, don't sting, and are generally peaceful garden visitors.
Thanks for the identification....I have become quite attached to my visitor and am so pleased it has been identified......welcome Mrs. Carpenter.....I wonder where Mr & Mrs Carpenter are making their nest....perhaps in our wooden roof eaves !!!
As for the plant - actually I donīt know what it is - someone gave it to us and they didnīt know the name.....so now I need plant identification.
I know this is very belated but the plant was identified as Polygala Myritifolia. However, sadly no more as, despite 'mothballing' the plants for winter, the minus 10 temperature wasn't to their liking.