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Show Me a Carpenter Bee

About Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees can come in a variety of colors depending upon where you live. Even though there are a variety of carpenter bees there are a handful of characteristics to identify a carpenter bee.

Show Me A Carpenter Bee: Carpenter Bee Anatomy

The diagram above shows the following defining physical characteristics of a carpenter bee:

  • Length: Typically 1 inch long
  • Legs: 4 fuzzy black legs
  • Mandibles: Used for digging through wood
  • Abdomen: Hard, black and shiny
  • Thorax: Mid-section of the body with a fuzzy texture
  • Antenna: How the bee senses or smells things

The shiny hard abdomen is the most distinguishing physical trait of the carpenter bee regardless of the variety in your area. Because of their large size, it is easy to see the abdomen without getting too close. The thorax of the carpenter bee will display the colors on the fuzzy, small hairs. The most common colors are yellow, white, black and brown.

Female carpenter bees do sting, so please use caution when inspecting areas with possible carpenter bee infestation!

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  • Customer Support on

    @Dusty – Sorry to hear you got stung! They are certainly active right now. However, they may not be in the process of nesting which happens in the spring. Sounds like they made themselves a nice home in your box alder tree this spring. The best thing to do is to plug the hole and hang a trap. Since they aren’t actively nesting the trap may not be as effective. ~BBB Customer Support

  • Dusty Kampen on

    R they really active now? I just got stung 5 hrs ago, they inflamed a 3 inch circle! 8/24/19. They were in multiple holes in a box alder tree.three huge holes going into the 34 inch branch I cut down!

  • Cathy on

    I was so impressed with this product I can’t believed it worked so well. I caught 12 bees in the season. Thank You

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