What do carpenter bees look like?
- Size: Up to 1 in.
- Color: Mostly black with some yellow markings; males have a white dot on their heads.
- Body Structure: Adult carpenter bees resemble bumble bees except that their abdomens are hairless and shiny black rather than being covered by patches of orange to yellow hair found on bumble bees.
Characteristics of carpenter bees
The life cycle of the carpenter bee is fairly brief, with eggs hatching a few days after being lain and reaching full maturity within 5-7 weeks. Females deposit a ball of pollen near their eggs, providing a source of nourishment for the offspring. Unlike some other bees, carpenter bees are not social insects.
When are carpenter bees most active?
What does a carpenter bee nest look like?
Carpenter bees don't actually live in nests like yellow jackets, wasps, and other stinging insects. Instead female carpenter bees bore holes into soft wood in order to lay eggs and provide a safe place for larvae to develop.
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