Within the honeybee family, there are bees from the British Isles and New Zealand that are called British Black bees – Apis mellifera mellifera. People also refer to certain types of carpenter bees that are black, or nearly black, as “Black Bees”.
I have always loved carpenter bees. These bees have a lot of character – and they work hard, drilling holes in wood and nesting there. The Xylocopa genus comprises the carpenter bees – this is derived from the Greek word for “woodcutter”.
I would probably go so far as to say they are in many cases the best pollinators. When it comes to a strawberry, raspberry (and similar berries), quince, apple, or plum flower, the carpenter bees seem to do a way better job than any other bee.