Color: Black, Green, or Purplish
Size: 12.7 to 25.4mm
Scientific Name: Xylocopa californica
Commonly found in:
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
Carpenter Bee FAQs
Do carpenter bees sting or hurt you?
Female carpenter bees do have stingers that contain venom, and they’re able to sting more than once. Females tend to stay close to their eggs, so you’re unlikely to encounter them unless you disturb their nest. Female carpenter bees will only sting if they’re directly provoked.
Are carpenter bees harmful?
The sudden appearance of carpenter bees crawling out of wood often frightens people. Females can sting, but will only do so if bothered. Males appear aggressive as they fly around people and pets, but they are not harmful since males do not have a stinger.
Can carpenter bees damage your home?
Carpenter bee activities can cause extensive damage to wooden structures, including your home, and threaten their integrity.
Are carpenter bees good to have around?
Carpenter bees are native pollinators and are an important part of the ecosystem. These bees pollinate flowers, feed birds, and increase the yield of certain plant species. The damage they do to buildings is annoying, but only just that.