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carpenter bee

Syllabification: car·pen·ter bee

Definition of carpenter bee in English:

noun

A large solitary bee with purplish wings that nests in tunnels bored in dead wood or plant stems.
  • Genus Xylocopa, family Apidae: several species
Example sentences
  • The most detailed studies of facultative sociality in bees have focused on the large carpenter bee Xylocopa pubescens.
  • Pollinators of trees in the Brazil nut family include the female carpenter bee, above, shown as she is about to enter the flower of a sapucaia tree.
  • The female carpenter bee bores straight in - in this case upward - then makes a number of lateral bores 90 degrees perpendicular to the main bore, to lay her eggs in.

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