She is one of my favourite photographic subjects.
She is industrious and courageous, and a very diligent sex worker.
Japanese Carpenter Bees exist in many parts of the world. They are frequently regarded as pests, because they bite out a nest in dry wood, and that wood is quite often a part of a human's dwelling. While the nest excavation is quite big, it is most unlikely that it going to cause the house to fall around its inhabitants.
The female is a solitary character...after a very brief encounter with a male, she abandons him, spends a week or so chewing out her nest, deposits about 3-10 eggs, tends the eggs, then the young until they are as big as her and she drives them out of the nest to fend for themselves.
The male is harmless, but the female has a potent sting which she will deploy only if her young are in peril.
The sound of a Japanese Carpenter Bee flying past your ear will probably provoke goose-bumps all over your body.
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