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Carpenter bees in Oklahoma resemble bumblebees but their abdomen (rear body segment) is black and shiny and lacks the extensive yellow hairs found on bumblebee abdomens. Male carpenter bees have a yellow face, whereas, the female's is black.

They are called "carpenter" bees because they often bore into wood to make their "galleries") Carpenter bees nest in many types of wood, but prefer weathered, unpainted wood. Carpenter bee galleries may only contain 5-8 cells.

Female carpenter bees can sting but rarely do so unless handled.

Male carpenter bees are very territorial and may be very aggressive when approached by humans, hovering and buzzing in your face or around your head. The males, however, lack stingers so this aggressive display is all bluff!

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