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 Spectracide carpenter bee and ground-nesting yellow jacket killer ($5.47 for a 16-ounce can at Home Depot) is one example of a foam product. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022 There are insecticide products commercially labeled for carpenter bee control. Cole Sikes Alabama Cooperative Extension System, al, 16 May 2022 Instead, Taksinus bambus depends on other animals—like including the bamboo borer beetle; the bamboo worm; and the bamboo-nesting carpenter bee—to make an entrance into the plant, Matthew Hart reports for Nerdist. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 A month earlier, Henry had found a dead carpenter bee. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carpenter bee was in 1838

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“Carpenter bee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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