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I am new to this forum, I am not a bee keeper nor do I know much of anything about bees. I noticed last spring Carpenter Bees had set up shop in my Mexican Elder Tree in Old Town NM, they bore one hole initially then another later the spring. I LOVED watching them all summer, took note of when the pale yellowish ones hatched, noted that a big black one guarded the second hole and wouldn't let the new ones get back into the nest, I observed they are not very good flyers and was sad when I would see dead ones on the ground under the nests. This year they seem so weak, I've already noticed about 11 dead ones. The get stuck in the holes and die both black ones and pale ones & both holes and they get backed up, I've pulled 2 out to clear the hole. I even tried spoon feeding sugar to a black one in the mouth of the hole, she died anyway. The wisteria across the parking lot is not blooming much this year.
What can I do? Can anyone give me advice? Is anyone interested in checking out the situation?

I noticed I can attach photos - the wisteria/ bee is from last year. the others are of the tree and some dead ones that I find.
Thanks Bee People, Krysteen

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Comment by Krysteen Waszak on April 7, 2021 at 8:10pm

Thank you Ronald, that's a good idea.

Comment by Ronald E. Nolte on April 7, 2021 at 6:03pm

Hey Krysteen,

I dont know much at all about carpenter bees.  But last year, I had a question regarding an unusual beetle on my hive and I sent a photo to this person at the University of New Mexico.  He was great in getting back to me.  I am betting he would be able to answer your questions, or at least point you in the right direction.

Ron Nolte

Here is his contact information

David C. Lightfoot, Ph.D.
Senior Collection Manager
Department of Biology, Museum of Southwestern Biology
MSC03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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