Carpenter Bees

Asked August 9, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

I have an infestation of bees in an old stump on my property. Googling bees, the only ones I can find that live in wood are carpenter bees, but Wikipedia does not have a map of the range of these bees. Are there carpenter bees in Iowa?

Boone County Iowa

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Thank you for your message and for contacting Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.

I assume this is the same question as was sent to Matt O'Neal last week and answered by Laura Jesse on Sunday. If that answer was not received, please let me know.

I'll add that we have carpenter bees in Iowa but they have only been reported from the southern half of the state and not from Boone County. See

In addition to several species of solitary bees, bumble bees will nest in hollow logs and decayed stumps. There are several species of bumble bees in Iowa of different sizes and coloration. For more on bumble bees see

Detailed information and identification:


Donald Lewis