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SMALL CARPENTER BEE BEHAVIOR, DIET AND HABIT

Ceratina generally excavate twigs and stems to build their nests. Females overwinter as adults in partially or completely excavated stems, and in the spring, the female bee further excavates and creates a brood nest much the same as large carpenter bees. Small carpenter bees also provision their brood cells with pollen and nectar. A particularly interesting characteristic of a few species of Ceratina is they can reproduce without males, a trait known as parthenogenicity.

REPRODUCTION

Carpenter bees are solitary bees, and their reproductive potential is not nearly as great as the social bees and wasps. Each generation has about 6-10 individuals.

SIGNS OF A CARPENTER BEE INFESTATION

Carpenter bee infestations are easily identified by the presence of their entrance holes in wood, the presence of sawdust on the ground under where the hole is drilled, the presence of a yellowish combination of pollen and bee excrement near the entrance hole and their bothersome flight activity, especially by the males who are protective of their territory, but do not sting.