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Carpenter Bees
updated: Oct 31, 2012, 9:56 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Late Tuesday afternoon, I saw four carpenter bees wobbling around like kittens. I had never seen a male before which, it seems, are orange! I'm guessing they are just out of the nest which is nearby on the side of the log. The black female was cute, hanging on to that blade for dear life. The ants, after some gentle brushing away, lost interest and most of them went elsewhere.

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 COMMENT 337491 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 10:12 AM

cool pictures. Too bad the carpentry they do is more like demolition than carpentry.

 

 COMMENT 337537 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 11:32 AM

I welcome any bees in our garden except for Carpenter bees. They bore into unprotected wood and can be very destructive. One year, they destroyed some railing on our deck. I learned from another Edhatter that foam insulation can be used to fill the cavities the Carpeneter bees create.

 

 PURPLERIDER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 11:48 AM

Perfect Halloween pics.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 12:16 PM

Beautiful macro images...thanks for posting!

 

 SUMMERTIME agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 02:31 PM

amazing pictures....

 

 COMMENT 337636P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 03:16 PM

Love the last pic - thanks for posting

 

 COMMENT 337730 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 07:06 PM

Award winning photos. The last photo gave me my first urge ever to hug a bee. You guys with your photos of close ups of bees, spiders and bugs...just amazing.

 

 COMMENT 337740P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 07:34 PM

Awesome photos! Cute female hanging on in the last picture. I envy you your skill with a camera.

 

 COMMENT 337757 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 10:45 PM

Excellent macro photography. Your interest in insects is not lost with this viewer. Keep up your good work.

 

 COMMENT 337760P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-31 11:00 PM

Great pics. Pretty good story. Needs a new ending. Squash the damned things before they multiply! They create an obscene amount of damage.

 

 COMMENT 337775P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-01 02:28 AM

@760. Tsk.

 

 COMMENT 337808P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-01 08:29 AM

Sometimes you just have to take the damage in the cause of not overreacting. Replacing a fence post from time to time is not an unmanageable situation. It looks like these bees live in an ornamental log. Really the outdoor wear and tear we experience from all causes in Santa Barbara is so minor compared to what people deal with back east, in the desert, the north coast... We have had one or two carpenter bees hanging around our back fence for years, and they look fabulous on the day lilies when they're in bloom. Real garden art. I like the foam insulation idea.

Such cool photos! I agree, the female on the leaf needs to go to a competition or a vetted show. I can see it on the cover of N. Geographic.

 

 RDH agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-01 09:12 AM

Great shots of a bee I have not seen before. Thank you.

 

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