carpenter bee


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 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, "How do you steer clear of dangerous animals?," 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, "As bees feel the sting of climate change, here’s a way to let them keep buzzing," 2 Mar. 2020 Bumblebees and carpenter bees are bee species that can also be found in India. Kartik Chandramouli, Quartz India, "As bees feel the sting of climate change, here’s a way to let them keep buzzing," 2 Mar. 2020 The carpenter bees need the longstanding banksias to carry them through multiple seasons. National Geographic, "60 hours on burning Kangaroo Island," 17 Jan. 2020 Fires and land clearing had already driven the green carpenter bee to extinction in Victoria and South Australia. Anchorage Daily News, "A billion animals might have been caught in Australia’s wildfires. Some could go extinct.," 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, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 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, "Why are hummingbirds flocking to UC Davis?," 3 Nov. 2017

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Carpenter bee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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