Seeing different kinds of bees is normal and you shouldn’t worry too much about this behavior. While they pollinate there is not much to worry about unless you and the Bee are getting too close. They will try to avoid danger. Bees will be bees and normally you can go on with your outdoor activities without concern.
Unfortunately, bees build small to very large hives in or around your home. These hives small or large can bring great danger to your family, pets, and neighbors.
A common misunderstanding is that Africanized Honey Bees are out to sting everything in sight. Both European and Africanized can be dangerous when in defense mode.
Both look alike to the naked eye and there is no difference in the shapes or the look of the hive they build.
The type of carpenter bee most frequently found in the United States of America is the common eastern carpenter bee; you will find it is quite often thought to be a large bumblebee because of the similarity in their color, size, and stature.
This is a mistake that many people who first see make and thus causes much apprehension because they think that they will behave much like their bumblebee cousins.
They are extremely effective pollinators and do very much like flowers that are open-faced although they also enjoy making holes in the sides of flowers that have quite deep corollas in order to get nectar.
You will often find that they bore holes in untreated timber and wood and can become a pest to household dwellers because of the damage they can cause.
As they bore the holes into this untreated wood they use the chewed wood to create partitions in order to make cells for them to nest. If you were to compare them with a bumblebee, you would find that the most noticeable difference would be the shiny abdomen with only yellow hair located at the base next to the thorax.
Bumblebees have a very fuzzy abdomen. In some species, though, there is plenty of yellow hair across the middle.
You will also find that the female eastern carpenter bee also has a much larger head than bumblebees which is quite a marked difference between the two species.
You can often also tell males and females apart as males have a patch of white cuticle on the face, as opposed to females, whose faces are black. Males also unable to sting, since a bee’s stinger is a modified ovipositor.
Unlike bumblebees, wasps, hornets and other insect cousins, they will not attempt to sting you unless they are gravely threatened by you in some way.
That means they have to safeguard themselves and fight against you in order to protect themselves and their offspring from danger.
When boring holes into timber or wood, carpenter bees will not cause damage to the property’s floorboards or joists.