What is a Carpenter Bee?
These bees are a bit different from most bees. They do not live in a hive like a honeybee, nor do they nest in the earth, like a ground bee. But rather, they make their home in soft woods – including the siding of your house.
Because of this, they can be the bane of every homeowner (and every exterior painter)!
What are carpenter bees?
The carpenter bee is so called because of where it chooses to make it’s home. They are solitary bees, and are not part of a larger hive community. Instead, they burrow into soft woods, such as the siding of a house, to live in and lay larvae.
The female carpenter bee is the one who makes the hole by chewing through the wood. She creates a perfect hole, half an inch wide, in the wood. The symmetry of the circle is amazing, especially given they are making this hole with their mouths!
Once burrowed inside the wood, they will usually turn 90 degrees and make a tunnel down the length of the piece of wood. The larvae will be laid in separate chambers.