Some homeowners think this big beautiful bee is a pain in their siding! I truly can't blame them. Carpenter bees love wood and any unpainted wood is very attractive to them! Including the stained posts on my carport!
There's so much I can tell you all about them. Instead, I'll tell you three things that you might not know and suggest you take a look at a post I wrote last year for more information. Just click on this Carpenter Bees.
|Not a pollinator of salvias this Carpenter bee is covered with garlic pollen
My Carpenter Bees have never, ever, ever had to deal with pesticides. I hung a pottery Red-bellied woodpecker on their favorite of my carport stained pillars and they have moved on! Just like magic!
Flowers from top down!
Caryopteris × clandonensis 'First Choice'
Phlox glaberrima (blooming almost non-stop)
The ceramic bird is by artist Steve Thorstenson. You can find his work at Montana Birdworks
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.