Bee Pulls Nail Out of Wall

Carpenter bee. Photo by Alvesgaspar, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

What happens when you place a nail in a hole inhabited by a bee? Does it give up and find a new home? Nope. In a truly amazing display of insect intelligence, one bee manages to pull and entire nail out of the burrow it has claimed amid some bricks. Watch the bee’s surprising aptitude (and surprising strength!) in the video below. Even though the nail isn’t actually nailed into the brick, the size and weight of the nail in comparison to the bee perfectly demonstrates the tiny insect’s Herculean vigor.

While we’re not 100% sure about the exact species of this bee (but feel free to suggest an identification in the comments!), we’re pretty sure its a species of carpenter bee.

Carpenter bee nests in a cedar wood beam. Photo by Cemx86.

Carpenter bees are typically solitary bees that dig burrows in wood. In this case, the carpenter bee was a bit lazy and used the hole in the brick as a burrow. But we can’t judge him/her; if we were in the bee’s wings, we’d probably do the same.