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  • Small Carpenter Bee - (Ceratina spp.)

    Small Carpenter Bee - (Ceratina spp.)

    The metallic Small Carpenter Bee works as a pollinator and builds nests in wooded areas. Various colorations of them are found all over the continent.




    Staff Writer (4/16/2015): This small bee resembles an ant, but with wings. They are industrious and hard-working all spring and summer long. They can be found in and near woodlands, forests and visiting flowers. Much smaller in size than the Carpenter Bee, Small Carpenter Bees have their own taxonomic family.

    Females bore deeply into twigs and stems of plants to lay their eggs. They remain with their brood until it is mature enough to live on its own. Though they are Carpenters, whittling through inches of wood, they are not really a nuisance to the industry.

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    Details of the:
    Small Carpenter Bee


    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Small Carpenter Bee
    Scientific Name: Ceratina spp.

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Apidae
           Genus: Ceratina
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)

    Identifying Colors: black; yellow; green; blue; gold

    Additional Descriptors: metallic, flying, stinging


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.