Washington State friends, don't read this. You don't have these there. But for my friends in the southern and eastern U.S., including Missouri, remember when you see these huge bees hovering around, looking like bumblebees but with a big white spot on their faces, they are male carpenter bees and they can't sting. While the females (who don't have the white spot and can sting) hang around in and by their holes in the wood, these males just goof off and stare at you with curiosity, showing real activity only when they wrestle in the air with other males. They love to hover and watch me smoke my pipe on the porch, but so far none is brave enough to land on my offered hand. So be understanding: Curiosity might kill the cat, but it needn't kill the male carpenter bee.
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