Living With Small Carpenter Bees

Small Carpenter Bee

Small Carpenter Bee

So far, Spring 2013 in Indiana is below normal temperatures; much cooler than the well above normal temperatures of Spring 2012. Many trees are only now leafing and many flowers have yet to bloom. Those flowers that are blooming are visited by early season flies and bees. One of the early bees are the small carpenter bees, (Genus Ceratina). Unlike the large carpenter bees that nest in wood, the small carpenter bees hollow nests in dead twigs. Females typically excavate small nests for overwintering. In the Spring, the females will expand their nest to accommodate the brood. They are commonly found at flowers throughout the year.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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One Response to Living With Small Carpenter Bees

  1. Jen says:

    I have to say I have been receiving your blog feeds for a couple of months now and I think you do an excellent job! Kudos and keep up the great work on all these pests 🙂 I know Northwest Exterminating will continue to read all your amazing information! Thanks again.

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