Xylocopa virginica

Common Names: Eastern carpenter bee
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Bees

Often mistaken for the bumblebee, carpenter bees have an all-black abdomen. They are a pest for home owners as they make their nests by boring holes into wood. The X. virginica males and females have generally the same mass, but can be differentiated visually by the male's longer body and the female's wider head. The males also have a white spot on their face.

They are common in Connecticut and most often seen near flowers, gardens, meadows, and residential areas.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: The males are unable to sting but will commonly approach humans. The females can sting but only do so if they are handled. They are not an aggressive species and will not attack intruders like others bees/wasps. Therefore they are relatively safe as compared to other bees or wasps. They do however present a threat to homeowners as a pest and will drill holes in wood to make nests.