Carpenter Bees – Good Bug or Bad Bug
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener As I was working around one of my roses that is by an old shed, I was being swarmed by carpenter bees, Xylocopa virginica. It made me wonder if the carpenter bee serves any useful purpose besides being aggravating. Generally, the ones that fly around us are the males. You can tell this by the whitish square at the mouthpart. Males are very protective of the nest and that is why they buzz us. Males cannot sting. Females can but only sting if provoked. Females tend to not buzz around and you rarely know they are there. You’ll be happy to know the males die off shortly after mating.