Megachile spp_Onoclea sensibilis__ – Anthidium manicatum European Woolcarder Bee, m&f – Anthidium manicatum – male – female European. Male & Female Wool Carder Bees – Anthidium manicatum – male – female Wool Carder Bee – nest building – Anthidium manicatum – female. Discover Life’s page about the biology, natural history, ecology, identification and distribution of Anthidium manicatum – — Discover Life.

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Flowers visited The bees visit a wide variety of flowers. Males claim patches of floral plants, ward off conspecific males and other resource competitors, and mate with the females who forage in their territories.

Pollen collected Pollen sources are not known: Fauna of New Zealand Ascherv belovH. Upcoming Events Discussioninsects and people from the BugGuide Gathering in VirginiaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in WisconsinJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in VirginiaJune Integrated Taxonomic Information System on-line database.

Males of this strikingly-coloured, medium-sized bee hover and dart around patches of flowering labiates and some other flowers and regularly pursue other insects. Species distribution map from https: In both sexes in freshly emerged condition were noted in late July; it is not known if these represented a partial second brood, or a single, staggered emergence.

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Anthidiun has a wingspan of approximately 20 millimetres 0. Once finished, she seals the entrance to the cavity with a terminal plug, which consists of inorganic and organic materials that she brings to the nest.


Females are allowed to visit the flowers and it is at these sites that mating takes place. This often involves crushing a trespasser very often to death against their spiky abdomens. Photos of insects and people from the gathering anthkdium ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington.

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Wool carder bee Anthidium manicatum. This insect was accidentally introduced into the United States from Europe sometime prior towhen it was discovered in New York State.

Archived from the original on They nest in existing holes or cavities, including hollow stems, dead wood and human-made structures. The legs exhibit variegation of yellow and are covered with grey hairs.

Species Anthidium manicatum – European Woolcarder –

Get involved Volunteer Events BeeWalk. Discover Life Species page. Females exhibit polyandry and continuously mate throughout their reproductive life. Males defend their territory very aggressively not only against other males but also against other flower visitors. This bee is endemic to Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Anthidium manicatum Linnaeus Patterns of sperm use by the females determine the benefits of resource defense for males. However, males of the genus Anthidiellum chase away intruders rather than physically attacking them, so their aggressive behavior differs significantly.

The cheeks below the antennae, a small spot behind each eye, a bilobate spot on the clypeusand the mandibles except the apex are yellow. Female Anthidium manicatum carding hairs from Stachys byzantinathen flying off carrying a ball of carded hairs. Females have similar markings to males, but are smaller and less hairy, and lack the abdominal spikes.


They visit garden flowers and weeds preferring blue flowers that have long throats [1] with Old World origins. Male Wool carder bees may not have a sting but they do come equipped with a set of spikes on their tails. Retrieved 10 October Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north.

It is a generalist polylectic: A second pair of spots is often seen on the disks of the 4th and 5th segments.

Beginners bees, wasps & ants: Anthidium manicatum – wool-carder bee

They are one of the few bee species in which the male is larger than the female. Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: There is a spine on each side of the 6th and 7th segments at the apex, the 7th having a third thin spine in the middle. Commonly found in lots of different habitats, especially gardens containing their favoured plants, manicatuj present in heathland, woodland rides and clearings, wetlands and river banks, soft cliff areas, chalk downland and brownfield sites.

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