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carpenter bee

n.
Any of various solitary bees of the genus Xylocopa that bore tunnels into wood to lay their eggs.

carpenter bee

n
(Animals) any large solitary bee of the genus Xylocopa and related genera that lays its eggs in tunnels bored into wood or in plant stems: family Apidae

car′penter bee`


n.
any of several solitary bees of the family Apidae that build nests by boring tunnels in wood.
[1830–40]
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Noun1.carpenter bee - large solitary bee that lays eggs in tunnels bored into wood or plant stemscarpenter bee - large solitary bee that lays eggs in tunnels bored into wood or plant stems
bee - any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
genus Xylocopa, Xylocopa - carpenter bees
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As a case in point, I'm battling carpenter bees on my deck and with a quick USA.
Cassandra, based on your description, it sounds like you may be dealing with carpenter bees rather than mason bees.
Carpenter bees were everywhere, bouncing all around us like clumsy black balloons, pat, pat, pat, against the wood.
Long-tongued bees include most of our readily recognizable species, including honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, mason bees, and orchard bees.
The small carpenter bees (genus Ceratina Latreille) are a widespread and moderately diverse lineage of Xylocopinae (Hymenoptera: Apidae), with approximately 350 species, many of which are darkly metallic to black in coloration, although some, such as the more familiar members of the subgenus Pithitis Klug, can be brilliantly metallic (Hirashima 1969; Michener 2007).
On tv they say the world will end today, some preacher has the news, but I walk the perimeter of eave and soffit anyway to zap the carpenter bees, the ones emerging from the bored wood, the ones that hover all around the house, bothered, like fat black angels.
In the blueberry fields, the researchers identified five distinct groups of bee species: honeybees, bumblebees, southeastern blueberry bees, carpenter bees and a functionally similar collection of species that they called "small native bees.
Second, the pollination characteristics of target bees (mining bees (Andrena species), bumblebees (Bombus species) and carpenter bees (Xylocopa virginica)) identified from the survey data were measured.
These are critical building factors, as is the ongoing threat of wood-burrowing insects such as termites and carpenter bees.
Analyzing DNA sequences of four "tribes" of 230 species of carpenter bees from every continent except Antarctica for insight into evolutionary relationships, the researchers began to see patterns consistent with a mass extinction.
Lead author Sandra Rehan, an assistant professor of biological sciences at UNH, worked with colleagues Michael Schwarz at Australia's Flinders University and Remko Leys at the South Australia Museum to model a mass extinction in bee group Xylocopinae, or carpenter bees, at the end of the Cretaceous and beginning of the Paleogene eras, known as the K-T boundary.
noticed that my shed was being devoured by carpenter bees.