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Carpenter Bee

There are many species of wood boring beetles that attack wood and cause massive devastation to wood floors, furniture, beams and other wooden structures. The beetles lay their eggs into gaps in the wood which will hatch larvae who burrow deep into the wood creating a maze of tunnels weakening the woods integrity. This will eventually lead to total failure of the structure.

Carpenter bees are species in the genus Xylocopa of the subfamily Xylocopinae. The genus includes some 500 bees in 31 subgenera. The common name “carpenter bee” derives from their nesting behaviour; nearly all species burrow into hard plant material such as dead wood or bamboo. Many species in this enormous genus are difficult to tell apart; most species are all black, or primarily black with some yellow or white pubescence. Some differ only in subtle morphological features, such as details of the male genitalia. Males of some species differ confusingly from the females, being covered in greenish-yellow fur.

Carpenter bees are traditionally considered solitary bees, though some species have simple social nests in which mothers and daughters may cohabit. Examples of this type of social nesting can be seen in the species Xylocopa sulcatipes and Xylocopa nasalis. When females cohabit, a division of labour between them occurs sometimes. In this type of nesting, multiple females either share in the foraging and nest laying, or one female does all the foraging and nest laying, while the other females guard. Various pest control methods can be applied to combat and terminate the carpenter bee invading your home.
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Common Carpenter Bee damage to exposed roof eaves



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