Carpenter Bee

Scientific Name: Xylocopa sp.

Family: Apidae

Native Range:

Size: Large, 13 -30mm, (0.5 – 1.25 in)*

Nest: Excavated with mandibles in wood, plant stems*

Nest Lining: Sawdust (plant stems)*

Active: Mid-summer -fall*

Color and Appearance: Black with yellow hairs, bumble bee-like, robust, hairy thorax, shiny black abdomen*

Pollen Collection: Scopae hind legs*

Flight Distance: ~ 1 mile, 1.6 km*

*From Heather Holm, Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants. Minetonka: Pollination Press, LLC, 2014., p. 267.

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