Roda’s Critter Connection: Eastern Carpenter Bee

Although most children are afraid of bees, I was that little girl chasing them with my camera, from flower to flower.  My passion for bees started at a very young age. To this day, I find myself following large bumbles, throughout the gardens.

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eastern carpenter bee in flight

I feel bless to have a carpenter bee (xylocopa virginica) nest in one of our retaining wall.  Although most would panic, I am filled with joy! These huge bumbles are just fabulous! They feed on pollen and nectar, while nesting in tunnels and in dead wood.

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Look at those eyes!

There are no queens in the colony.  The dominant females are responsible for reproduction, foraging and nest construction.

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A female eastern carpenter bee

It looks like the Miss Kim Lilacs are a hit with these fuzzy friends!

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 BEE the change you wish to see in the world.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You

♥Roda

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