Carpenter Bees: The (Harmless!) Garden Pollinators

Carpenter bees — familiar to most gardeners — are harmless bees. Read how these bees, as their name suggests, forage your garden for wood.

| May 6, 2013

  • Carpenter Bee
    Most gardeners are probably familiar with large carpenter bees, which are quite distinctive in appearance.
    Photo By Fotolia/sweetcrisis
  • Bees, Wasps, and Ants
    “Bees, Wasps, and Ants,” by Eric Grissell gives an in-depth look at bees and the important role insects have in gardens.
    Cover Courtesy Timber Press, Inc.

  • Carpenter Bee
  • Bees, Wasps, and Ants

Bees are one of the most important insects to us. Not only are they great garden pollinators, they maintain biological balance and recycle soil nutrients. Learn all about bees — from their appearance to the many unknown North American Species in Bees, Wasps, and Ants (Timber Press, 2010) by Eric Grissell. The following excerpt was taken from chapter 8, "The Garden’s Pollinators: Bees."

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