12 Carpenter Bee Facts You Didn’t Learn in School

A carpenter bee nest puts homeowners in a state of panic. Bees play a vital role in food production, and they pollenate the world we live in. Killing bees, unless an absolute necessity, should be avoided.

But if there is an infestation, you may have no other choice but to get rid of them.

Facts will help you learn more about the insect invading your space, and it puts a new perspective on these bees, too.

12 Carpenter Bee Facts for the Bee Enthusiast

  1. Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?

No. Carpenter bees are only dangerous in very rare occasions. This species of bees is large, so they frighten a lot of people, but they’re solitary creatures that won’t be dangerous unless they’re provoked.

  1. Are Carpenter Bees Aggressive?

The male carpenter bee is not aggressive. Males are born without stingers, so even if they’re provoked, they have no form of defense that poses a risk for humans. Females, on the other hand, are only aggressive in rare circumstances.

  1. Do Carpenter Bees Sting?

The female carpenter bee isn’t aggressive, but they do possess a stinger unlike their male counterparts. When an insect has a stinger, there is always a risk of being stung. Females that are directly handled will sting, but if they’re buzzing around and you don’t harm them or try handling them, the risk of being stung is very minimal.

  1. What’s the Carpenter Bee Life Cycle?

The lifecycle of carpenter bees occurs in four unique stages:

Egg: A bee’s life starts in an egg, and the mother needs to make a hole in wood to hide her eggs. She’ll make a 1/2” hole using her mandibles, and she’ll then make a tunnel in the wood to place the eggs up to six inches in the wood.

Larva: The larva stage occurs when the bee emerges from the egg. The carpenter bee larvae are provided with food by its mother, who leaves food inside of the tunnels.

Pupa: The pupa part of the cycle occurs when the bee goes into a metamorphosis stage before transitioning into an adult. The bee will still be in the nest at this time, so it doesn’t need to build a cocoon; the transition remains in the brood cell.

Adult: The pupa stage leads to the adult stage, which completes a seven-week (on average) cycle that starts with the egg and ends with the adult carpenter bee. Adults have mandibles that allows them to borrow out of the brood cell or nest to

see the outside world for the first time.

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