Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Small Carpenter Bee.
Updated: 4/16/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Common Name: Small Carpenter Bee
Scientific Name: Ceratina spp.
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; green; blue; gold
Additional Identifiers: metallic, flying, stinging
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.
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.