carpenter bee

noun

Definition of carpenter bee

: any of various solitary bees (genera Xylocopa and Ceratina) that nest in wood

Examples of carpenter bee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some carpenter bee species, females nest in groups, living alongside their daughters or other adult female bees. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2021 Here’s looking at you: The face of a carpenter bee, found while camping on Little St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia. National Geographic, 11 June 2020 For instance, Cassia fistula or the Indian laburnum, a native tree that paints many cities yellow at the onset of summer, is pollinated by several species of carpenter bees. Kartik Chandramouli, Quartz India, 2 Mar. 2020 Bumblebees and carpenter bees are bee species that can also be found in India. Kartik Chandramouli, Quartz India, 2 Mar. 2020 The carpenter bees need the longstanding banksias to carry them through multiple seasons. National Geographic, 17 Jan. 2020 Fires and land clearing had already driven the green carpenter bee to extinction in Victoria and South Australia. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2020 All species, from mason bees and carpenter bees to the lovable bumblebee, are fighting disease, habitat loss and changes in climate. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, 11 July 2018 In addition to the birds, the new garden also attracts other pollinators such as carpenter bees and butterflies, Zagory said. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 3 Nov. 2017

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Carpenter bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpenter%20bee. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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