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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Archived copy as title Articles with ‘species’ microformats CS1 maint: They carry this hair bundled beneath anthivium bodies to be used as a nest lining. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. Wool carder bee Anthidium manicatum. Retrieved 11 October Johns Hopkins University Press. Photos of insects and people from the gathering in 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 Anthidimu from the gathering in Washington.

They have pale hair around the sides of the thorax and abdomen, and on the head. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Habitat Varied, including private gardens both in rural and urban areasopen broadleaved woodland, chalk grassland, coastal sand dunes and landslips.

Being a member of the Anthidiini tribe of megachilid bees, A.

Anthidium manicatum (Linnaeus,) | BWARS

This site uses cookies: The territorial mating behavior of male A. The female creates several cells in a cavity. The wings are dusky in color. Females smear a anthiduum substrate, plant extrafloral trichome secretions, on brood cells. Copulations occur repeatedly and regularly in both sexes. Archived from the original on Females comb wool fibres from plants to use as nesting material, while males fiercely guard areas of these plants for potential mates.


Smaller males will implement alternative mating tactics if maanicatum cannot defeat larger males for territory.

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

This species belongs to the family Megachilidae and the order Hymenopterawhich consists of organisms such as ants, bees and wasps, and the superfamily Apoideawhich is more specific to bees and wasps. Distribution Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north.

A second pair of spots is often seen on the disks of the 4th and 5th segments. Synonyms and other taxonomic changes. Status in Britain only This species is not regarded as being threatened.

Video Female Anthidium manicatum carding hairs from Stachys byzantinathen flying off carrying a ball of carded hairs. Nesting biology Large males vigorously defend clumps of favoured flowers and will intercept antjidium chase away any other insect which enters such a territory.

Anthidium manicatum – Wikipedia

This difference may be due to the energy expenditure of smaller antthidium to defend their territory from larger males, the inability of small males to mate on their territory, maicatum female choice of larger males regardless of territory size. Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide! Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. Inside the cavity, the bees fashion the trichome ball into cells, where they deposit an egg as well as a provisioning mass consisting of nectar and pollen.


The abdominal spots are smaller and the apex is rounded. Year profile last updated Proofed: It has a wingspan of approximately 20 millimetres 0. They visit garden flowers and weeds preferring blue flowers that have long throats [1] with Old World antthidium. This insect was accidentally introduced into the United States from Europe sometime prior towhen it was discovered in New York State.

The primary material used to build the cells are plant hairs, or “wool” hence the name “wool carder bee”that is collected from the stems and leaves of plants. This species is certainly under-recorded in Britain.

Range Introduced from Europe before ; spreading throughout NE. Retrieved October 22, Retrieved 6 May Anthidium manicatum Linnaeus 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. The species has manicatm the colloquial name ‘wool-carder bee’ from this habit.

They nest in existing holes or cavities, including hollow stems, dead wood and human-made structures. Discover Life Species page.

It is a generalist polylectic: These unfit males receive fewer copulation opportunities than females. Video by Vivian Russell Video by Paddy Saunders showing various behaviours, including toward the end of the video, rare footage possibly unique of an exposed nest with a female weaving hairs as part of nest construction.

Studies have shown that A.

Pollen collected Pollen sources are not known: Retrieved from ” https: