The variously-colored metallic Small Carpenter Bee works as a pollinator and builds nests in wooded areas.
This small bee resembles an ant with wings. It is an industrious and hard-working insect all spring and summer long. The Small Carpenter Bee 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 woody twigs and stems of plants in order to lay their eggs inside. She stays with her brood until it is mature enough to live on its own. Though they are Carpenters and whittle away through inches of wood, they are not really a nuisance to the industry like their larger counterparts.
Scientific Name: Ceratina spp.
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.