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.

  • Carpenter Bee
    Most gardeners are probably familiar with large carpenter bees, which are quite distinctive in appearance.
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  • 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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4/15/2019 11:40:06 AM

I love to watch these Bees ! We have a log they call home. We will be moving soon and want to take the log with us to ensure they live....When they have a home they don't bother anything....I worry about leaving the log here because a new owner will definitely get rid of it We do not use any chemicals in our yard and are entertained by the lizards, butterflies and. Birds have brought all kinds of seeds that have grown into two Mulberry trees and other plants !

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