Beekeeping forum: What kind of critter bee is this one?

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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Oct 5, 2012 7:51 PM CST
Don't remember seeing one that large and nearly solid color before. What is it?
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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Oct 6, 2012 7:41 AM CST

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I've never seen one like that either. Cute though whatever it is.
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dave
Oct 6, 2012 8:06 AM CST

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I'm thinking it might be a carpenter bee.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
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lovemyhouse
Oct 6, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Uh oh, that's no good, is it...
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dave
Oct 6, 2012 10:28 AM CST

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Shrug! I've never dealt with them.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Oct 6, 2012 12:15 PM CST
Guess I'd better find out how. Sticking tongue out
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Beekeepr
Feb 27, 2013 10:30 AM CST
I have carpenter bees, they boar a hole in the unpainted siding, I confuse it with the Mason Bee.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 8, 2013 10:01 PM CST
I don't know a lot about bees, but ones like that we call carpenter bees, and no, not good.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Mar 9, 2013 6:54 AM CST

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I've been reading a bit on carpenter bees and while they have a bad rep they are native to North America and are great pollinators of our native wild flowers. Normally they nest in trees but may nest in the wood of your buildings which is what causes them to be labelled pests.
They also pollinate our gardens.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Mar 9, 2013 7:48 AM CST
I left them alone. (mostly because I am lazy Hilarious! ) Want my yard to be as natural as is possible and practical. Saw bees last week in the trailing rosemary. Made me smile. Lovey dubby
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