Nature's Place

Little Heart, Big Hearted …

Carpenter Bee making nest early 2013

Mother Carpenter Bee making the nest early 2013 – a rare appearance as she tossed debris

Teddy Bear Bee feeding on nearby flowers

Male Carpenter Bee feeding on nearby flowers

The best I could get - she's big and fast

The best I could get – he’s big and fast – I was lucky

It’s a male Carpenter Bee, I think. It has been occupying the nest excavated in 2013 by the female/mother – I believe – Carpenter Bee. The nest is in a two inch thick stick I had to secure to a metal rod after it rotted in the ground – soft wood.

Then I built the no-till garden beds and recently, a week or so ago, sowed some seed that needed shade from the hot sun, and the shade got in the bees way of returning home – that I noticed one day, having already missed it.

So I remedied the situation, I thought, only to find something else had acted to block the nest for a short while. And no bee to be seen for days now. I wonder if it has another nest somewhere …

I doubt its little heart could survive the rigours of homelessness for long, not like people do. People, it seems, can adapt to almost anything … almost.

We can usually retreat, recover and renew – if the situation allows.

*And just after posting this he returned to the nest.

© Mark Berkery … CLICK any picture to enlarge in a new tab …


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  1. Curso-Fotografia-BSellmer said, on 20/10/2014 at 10:53 pm

    How you get that close to the insects? do you work in studio or outdoors?

    • Mark said, on 21/10/2014 at 9:38 am

      The short answer? Carefully, respectfully … all detail is covered in

      Mostly outdoors, occasionally an insect comes into the house and I have to catch it. Then I might take the opportunity to get a few shots if its amenable.

  2. harulawordsthatserve said, on 17/10/2014 at 6:22 pm

    Gorgeous pics, and I love your philosophical reflections. H x

  3. ilgiovanecacciatore said, on 14/10/2014 at 6:51 am

    such good pics!

  4. Emily Scott said, on 11/10/2014 at 7:27 am

    Very happy to read the ending. Your ‘best I could get’ would be a once in a lifetime best for me.

    • Mark said, on 11/10/2014 at 11:20 am

      Hi Emily. It may be the/a shot of ‘my’ lifetime too. Some things only happen once.

      And everything cycles round again, in some form, at some time …

  5. wildlifeblogger6 said, on 11/10/2014 at 5:25 am

    Such a awe inspiring photo!

    • Mark said, on 11/10/2014 at 11:19 am

      It’s the bee really. What I do doesn’t seem so significant …

  6. navasolanature said, on 11/10/2014 at 1:42 am

    These are amazing photos and I like the info. Here in Spain we have some very blue black carpenter bees and a wooden roof! No problems yet and no photos yet but will be inspired by you to try and capture them.

    • Mark said, on 11/10/2014 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Georgina. There appear to be many kinds of this bee, not surprising given the wood on the planet … :-)

      I think they only work softer wood though, so your roof may be safe …

  7. standingoutinmyfield said, on 10/10/2014 at 12:53 am

    Neat :)

  8. Alexander Lautsyus said, on 10/10/2014 at 12:16 am

    Amazing pictures! Mark, you do not know the scientific name but you gave lovely name for this beautiful bee.

  9. entomacrographic said, on 09/10/2014 at 9:24 pm

    Mark, do you by any chance know the scientific name for this species of Carpenter Bee?

  10. Sandurezu サンデゥレズ said, on 09/10/2014 at 8:56 pm

    awesome.. it’s just going natural :)
    that little yellow bee is really beautiful :D

  11. einfachtilda said, on 09/10/2014 at 8:19 pm


  12. Lyle Krahn said, on 09/10/2014 at 4:49 pm

    Looks like the carpenter bees do good work – as do you!

  13. afrenchgarden said, on 09/10/2014 at 3:46 pm

    I think bees are more resourceful than we can imagine. Your photographs of the Teddy Bear bee are beautiful. I love watching the bees in their nests but I’ve never found a Carpenter Bee’s nest yet. Amelia

    • Mark said, on 09/10/2014 at 4:20 pm

      They are at least as we are Amelia, resourceful. Tis our nature after all. It’s more likely a male Carpenter Bee though, just found out.

  14. autopict said, on 09/10/2014 at 3:14 pm

    Great series, never saw such a carpenter bee.

    • Mark said, on 09/10/2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks. Actually, the furry one might be a male Carpenter Bee and not a Teddy Bear Bee.

  15. woodlandgnome said, on 09/10/2014 at 1:25 pm

    Lovely photos. I hope the bees have a good season in your garden, and survive their temporary displacement. Best wishes, WG

    • Mark said, on 09/10/2014 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks WG. So do I, water permitting.

      Just went to water some plants and there she was, checking out the bamboo next to the nest, and into the nest she went.

  16. mamakoopa said, on 09/10/2014 at 12:11 pm

    What stunning photos of the Teddy Bear Bee. So cute and mighty at the same time!

    • Mark said, on 09/10/2014 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks M. It’s a beauty all right.

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