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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Commonly found in lots of different habitats, especially gardens containing their favoured plants, also present in heathland, woodland rides and clearings, wetlands and river banks, soft cliff areas, chalk downland and brownfield sites. Females tend to build their nests at high locations. These unfit males receive fewer copulation opportunities than females.

athidium Description and notes 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.

Video by Paddy Saunders showing various behaviours, including toward the end of the video, anthiidum footage possibly unique of an exposed nest with a female weaving hairs as part of nest construction. They collect wool fibres from various plants and can be seen transporting silvery anthidiium of these fibres to their nesting cavities. 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.

These bees construct their nests in preexisting cavities, using the trichomes of wooly plants. Acknowledgements Citations Site map Privacy.

Nesting biology Large males vigorously defend clumps of favoured flowers and will intercept and chase away any other insect which enters such a territory. Retrieved 9 October Remarks Males defend their territory very aggressively not only against other males but also against other flower visitors. The cell walls and closing plug of the nest are fashioned from compacted layers of long, silky hairs which are shaved off leaves by the female’s multi-dentate mandibles.


Favoured plants are woundworts Stachys lanata [s. The species has earned the colloquial name ‘wool-carder bee’ from this habit. Pollen collected Pollen sources are not known: Females collect “down” from such plants as lamb’s ears Stachys byzantina.

Video by Vivian Russell. Status in Britain only This species is not regarded as being threatened. Distribution Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north. They are thus considered to be generalists.

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If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. Wool carder bees are very distinctive bees with yellow spots down the sides of their abdomens.

Besides trichomes, other materials used by female A. They visit garden flowers and weeds preferring mznicatum flowers that have long throats [1] with Old World origins. This bee is endemic to Europe, Asia and North Africa. Although it nathidium not tear other males apart, the abdominal armature of a male A.

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

These bees are common throughout most of southern England, and on the south coast of Wales. These secretions are obtained from different species, such as AnthirrinumCrepisand Pelargonium.

Habitat, nesting and flower preferences Commonly found in lots of different habitats, especially gardens containing their favoured plants, also present in heathland, woodland rides and clearings, wetlands and river banks, soft cliff areas, chalk downland and brownfield sites.


They nest in existing holes or cavities, including hollow stems, dead wood and human-made structures. They have pale hair around the sides of the thorax and abdomen, and on the head.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. This pilosity occurs in most species of Anthidium in the Western Palearctic region.

Uses authors parameter Commons category link is on Wikidata. Smaller males will implement alternative mating tactics if they cannot defeat larger males for territory. The territorial mating behavior of male A.

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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Inside the cavity, the bees fashion the trichome ball into cells, where they manicatmu an egg as well as a provisioning mass consisting of nectar and pollen. This site uses cookies: Males significantly larger than females.

Males claim patches of floral plants, ward off conspecific males and other resource competitors, and mate with the females who forage in their territories. Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content.

Once finished, she seals the entrance to manlcatum cavity with a terminal plug, which consists of inorganic and organic materials that she brings to the nest. Journal of the New York Entomological Society.