The Carpenter Bee

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Now I know weather as cold as this makes it hard to tell, but Spring is starting to creep around the corner!  We’re only 21 days from the first official day!  Three weeks until we get to bust out the hammocks and drive the closest beach!

Probably.  You live here, you know how Michigan is!

One thing is for certain though, as it begins to heat up outside we’ll be seeing our buzzing bugs much more often, one of them being the carpenter bee.  Unfortunately these little guys don’t fix your furniture as most respectable carpenters do, but rather they make holes and then proceed to lay their eggs in wood, something I’d probably have to fire my handyman for.  Given the option, they’d rather use unpainted and unstained wood, but if it wasn’t available they’d attack both painted and stained.

These bees have been known to make their galleries (the holes for the larva) in any wooden object they find, both high an low spanning your deck, siding, landscape timber or even your furniture.  Due to the fact that the female makes the hole, it’s her width, and then after a depth of 2.5cm she turns 90 degrees and goes another 10 to 15cm where she begins to make individual compartments for her larva.  Although the time varies with climate and species, it could take anywhere from 36 to 99 days for them to develop into adults.

If a gallery is being used for long however, that could expand to about three feet.  If these bees are active, sawdust and wood shavings can typically be seen on the ground.

These bees are not social, but many females could attack the same wooden structure, which over time could cause a large amount of damage, especially when you bear in mind that they could potentially attract predators, such as woodpeckers or something that would enjoy getting into the honey the mother bee is storing with her larva.

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