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Any bee experts??

TNmikeTNmike Posts: 643
edited 1:55PM in Off Topic
Any bee experts on the forum? My hummingbird feeders have been swarmed by some type of bee. My best guess is some type of bumble bee but much smaller than any bumble bee I'm familiar with. Black with some yellow, small wings, and very fuzzy. Any ideas? Thanks, Mike




  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Looks like some sort of carpenter bees to me - but i'm no expert.
  • OblioOblio Posts: 53
    Do you have dime sized holes in untreated wood around your house. If so, they are carpenter bees.
  • TNmikeTNmike Posts: 643
    Fidel and Oblio. I've not had a problem with carpenter bees since we moved to this house a couple of years ago. I did have a huge problem with them at the last place we lived. I'm not saying these aren't carpenters but they are much smaller than the ones I had the problems with before, maybe just young ones?? These guys are pretty docile and not really a problem just curious as to what they might be, there are lots of them!! Thanks, Mike

    EDIT!! With the pictures linked in an above post I believe you were both correct. That's them! Thanks, Mike
  • TNmikeTNmike Posts: 643
    Yep, that's them! These sure are much smaller than the ones I've had to deal with before.

    After seeing the pictures I had to edit my post below. Thanks to All. Mike
  • Carpenter bees are larger and almost devoid of hair on the abdomen tot he point where they look shiny black.

    Hard to tell from that photo. One telltale is that male carpenter bees have a distinct yellow patch on their "face" and lack a stinger.

    See photo here:
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Gasoline or diesel in the feeder will eliminate them. ;) Just funnin. :)
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