California Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees get their common name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for the rearing of young. These are worldwide in distribution with seven species in the U.S.

  • Common Name: Carpenter Bee
  • Scentific Name: Xylocopa spp.
  • Class/Order/Family: Insecta/Hymenoptera/Apidae
  • Metamorphosis: Complete
  • Size


    Adult body length about 1/2-1".

  • Color


    Resembling bumble bees, but with top surface of abdomen largely bare and shining.

  • Biology


    Carpenter bees are not social insects and do not live in nests or colonies.

  • Habit


    Females will nest in a wide range of woods, but prefer weathered and unpainted wood. Males tend to be territorial and often become aggressive when humans approach.

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