Originally Posted by meateater
Evil looking buggers. I'm gonna have to make one, they buzz me during the summertime while I'm smoking. The ones here are solid black.
The ones that are solid black are the males. They are the ones that fly around your face all the time.
They are also the ones that are unarmed, because they don't have a stinger---"Unarmed Guards"---LOL.
The females are not all black. They do the drilling, and lay the eggs, and they have stingers. However the females are so docile that you almost have to put your hand on one to cause it to sting you. The biggest problem is not just the holes & tunnels they drill, but the damage woodpeckers do when they tear your wood up, while trying to get the bee larva.
Carpenter Bees can be a log home owner's worst nightmare.
A ticked off Bear can be a Carpenter Bee's worst nightmare!