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rubeehaven2
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« on: May 21, 2013, 05:07:32 PM »

This bee is drilling a hole in the foam insulation on the side of my top bar hive.  Only a foot away from the entrance.  Is it a Bumble bee?  Mason bee?  I guess I need to work on my bee id skills!

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 05:47:33 PM »

Carpenter bee



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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013, 06:28:45 PM »

Yeap, I would agree with Highlander.




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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 09:01:35 PM »

Carpenter bee - destructive as hell.  Kill everyone you see!
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 10:02:20 PM »

Build them a nesting site...they're great pollinators!

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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2013, 02:32:47 PM »

Build them a nesting site...they're great pollinators!

Scott

Entertaining too!
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013, 06:04:39 PM »

Nice article on using Carpenter Bees for very specialized pollination services.
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/psyche/2010/927463/

I know these are sometimes hived in "bee Boards" for orchard pollination, much like mason bees and the alfalfa leafcutter bees. 

Get them to nest in a movable material (place your board over where they are already started).  They are very loyal to a location, and the nest slowly expands as a mother/daughter colony.  Drones are foragers too.
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