Leslie Corcelli

Leslie Corcelli

Washington, DC

The Heinz Center, John Hopkins University, University of Central Florida, Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute, Society for Conservation Biology

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Carpenter bees (Xylocopa spp.) are so called because they are tunnel nesting bees and will easily move into soft wood and establish a nest. Carpenter bees are frequently mistaken for bumble bees (Bombus spp) even though they are much larger. Carpenter bees tend to be solitary, but have been known to form small colonies--nothing as populus and complex as a honey bee colony. There has not been a lot of research on carpenter bees and their effectiveness at crop pollination, but from what we've seen in our bee surveys, they can play an important role.
Sep 16, 2013
Saving the Bees: Improving Agricultural Sustainability and Biodiversity
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