Carpenter bees look like typical bumblebees but often lack yellow
stripes. This type of stinging bee gets its common name from its
habit of boring into wood like a carpenter.
Unlike bumble bees, carpenter bees are solitary insects. The adult
carpenter bees hibernate over winter, typically in abandoned nest
tunnels and emerge in the spring to feed on nectar.
Carpenter bees do not live in nests or colonies. Instead, female
carpenter bees bore circular holes through soft wood to lay eggs
and protect their larvae as they develop.
Carpenter bees are a serious property threat, as they can cause
structural damage over time if left untreated. Male carpenter bees
can be territorial and may hover in front of one’s face
aggressively, but they have no stinger and these actions are merely
for show. Female carpenter bees do have a potent stinger, but it’s