carpenter bees


INTRODUCTION: Carpenter bees get their common name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for the rearing of young. There are 7 species in the United States.

What does a Carpenter Bee Look Like? Adult body is about 1/2-1” long, robust in form, resembling bumble bees. They differ by having a bare, shiny black abdomen compared to bumble bees, which have a hairy abdomen with some yellow markings. The male has a yellow face, whereas, the female’s is black.

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HABITS: Females will nest in a wide range of woods, but prefer weathered and unpainted wood. The entry hole is 3/8-1/2” in diameter and initially about 6 inches long; in subsequent years, however, this maybe extended too more than 10 feet. Males tend to be territorial and often become aggressive when humans approach, sometimes hovering a short distance in front of the face or buzzing one’s head. Since males have no stinger, these actions are merely show. However, the female does have a potent sting, which is rarely used.

BIOLOGY: Adults overwinter in abandoned galleries, emerging in the spring to mate.The mated female prepares a nest by excavating a new site or more frequently by cleaning out and expanding existing galleries. After the nest is ready, she places a mass of pollen mixed with nectar in the blind end of the galleries, lays an egg on it, and builds a partition of chewed wood pulp to form a brood cell. Six to eight cells per galleries. Developmental time (egg to adult) is 30 to 40 days, usually late summer. There is one generation per year.

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