The Carpenter Bee – invading decks and wood siding since, well, probably the invention of decks and wood siding. These are the big clumsy, loud buzzing, bees thatoften buzz your head as you’re trying to relax on your deck at the end of a hard day.
The female of this species is the one that does all the damage. She bores the holes for the nests while the male usually posts guard – threatening anything that goes near the nest. Agressive as they may seem, the males have no stingers and can’t really cause any harm , although the females can.
As intimidating as they seem, they are actually quite beneficial to the environment as they are very productive polinators and are often mistaken for bumble bees due to their similar appearance (hint: these have a shiny black abdomen).