Large yellow and black bee hanging around


I’ve got a large black and yellow bee hanging around my front door. Thing is it doesn’t really go anywhere. It just kind of hangs there flying and then randomly seems to be chasing something from time to time but keeps coming back. When my Wife goes out it attacks her but doesn’t seem to sting. What is this bee doing?

You’ve got a carpenter bee or two which become very active in the spring. These bees are quite large and resemble a bumble bee. The males commonly do what you’re describing and though they’ll fly at you when you move close, they can’t sting since they don’t have a stinger! Females do have stingers so stay away from any that are in the flowers or in a nest. Carpenter bee nests will be found in wood, usually on the bottom side (the side facing the ground) and their holes will bore for several feet into wood if left untreated. Since they can cause a lot of damage, it’s best to kill off nesting ones now using the DRIONE and spray with some CYPERMETHRIN to stop new ones from creating a nest. More information about this process can be found on line in our carpenter bee control article.

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June 25, 2010

gilbetogarcia @ 10:31 pm #

i would like to know if the black bees that look like the yellow bees are poisonous.
they look alike but seem to be larger than the yellow jacket. i found them nesting inside my home walls and that makes me a concern. if you would help me with this isue i would appreicated it. thank you gil

June 26, 2010
April 23, 2011

Candy @ 10:32 pm #

I have a huge type bee buzzing around on my back porch. It is about 2 inches long and has a bright yellow fuzzy back half. What is it? It looks really scary.

April 24, 2011
May 3, 2011

sue @ 6:02 pm #

Large yellow and black bees that go into the ground. To nest or not, I don’t know.
What kind are they?

June 4, 2011

bernice @ 11:22 pm #

I noticed a few bumble bees? in my basement, they were not flying just crawling slowly or dead and I supected that it was too cold down there for them. Then in the next few days there were more. I counted about 45 so far. I did find where they were coming from and it was from an opening that my husband had the builders make in the brick structure to make an entrance for a coal shute 25 years ago. We never used the opening and plugged it. Today I see where the insulation has fallen away from the opening and there is a tremendous amount of black stain? coating? on it. Then when I moved a large bunch of the insulation there was alot of bee/insect noise. Would you surmise that this is wood boring bees? Thanks for your help.

June 5, 2011
October 15, 2011

Zig @ 3:12 pm #

I have seen the shiny black bumble bee looking for a few years around here in Modesto Ca. for twenty years. They are about the size of a quarter and make a lot of noise because of the wing speed they need to keep aloft. I even ran into one on the highway on my motorcycle, he hit me right above the eyebrow, and although beside the impact, it didn’t hurt . When I got home, at least half of my face was horribly swollen and my eye was closed shut.
This year I noticed a golden bee of the same size, the only difference id the black bee seemed to have no hair or fuzz, where as the golden one was very fuzzy looking, not sure if it is the natural color or maybe covered with pollen.

August 29, 2013

dbwindham @ 9:18 am #

Some kind of black and yellow, hovering bee is making a nerve-wracking buzz – like something electronic…Can’t find anything in my book on American Wildlife…Do you know that it is? Thanks…

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