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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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. Additionally, females use specialized hair-like structures on the exterior of their tarsi to absorb the secretions of the plant hairs to apply onto the brood cells. These bees construct their nests in preexisting cavities, using the trichomes of wooly plants.

Species distribution map from https: Anthidium manicatum Linnaeus Resource defence polygyny, as this behaviour is called, is discussed by Severinghaus, Kurtac and Eickwort and is summarised by Thomhill and Alcock Distribution Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north.

They will fiercely guard a patch of flowers for their female suitors and chase, head-butt and wrestle any other insect, which dares to enter their territory. Habitat Varied, including private gardens both in rural and urban areasopen broadleaved woodland, chalk grassland, coastal sand dunes and landslips. This often involves crushing a trespasser very often to death against their spiky abdomens.


Note the three Scottish records, all in Dumfries and Manicafum. Late male sperm precedence may have fostered the evolution of resource defense in A. Hairs are brought to the nest site in a ball and applied to the inner surface of the cavity by teasing them out with the mandibles; the gaster is then used to tamp down the hairs A Raw, pers.

Favoured plants are woundworts Stachys lanata [s.

Anthidium manicatum – Wikipedia

Females collect “down” from such plants as lamb’s ears Stachys byzantina. Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service.

Acknowledgements Citations Site map Privacy. However, males of the genus Anthidiellum chase away intruders rather than physically attacking them, so their aggressive behavior differs significantly. Retrieved 6 May If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office.

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.

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This site uses cookies: Archived copy as title Articles with ‘species’ microformats CS1 maint: Wool carder bees are very distinctive bees with yellow spots down the sides of their abdomens.

Status in Britain only This species is not regarded manjcatum being threatened. Discover Life Species page. Males have even been known to kill such intruders by crushing them between the ventral surfaces of the flexed down abdomen and the thorax.

Pollen collected Pollen sources are not known: This pilosity occurs in most species of Anthidium in the Western Palearctic region. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anthidium manicatum. They carry this hair anthidimu beneath their bodies to be used as a nest lining.

Views Read Edit View history. Video Female Anthidium manicatum carding hairs from Stachys byzantinathen flying off carrying a ball of carded hairs.

These secretions are obtained from different species, such as AnthirrinumCrepisand Pelargonium. Skip to main content. We strive to provide accurate information, but we are mostly just amateurs attempting to make sense of a diverse natural world.

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

This species is certainly under-recorded in Britain. Unlike most other species of Hymenoptera, male A. Females have similar markings to males, but are smaller and less hairy, and lack the abdominal spikes. Males claim patches of floral plants, ward off conspecific males and other resource competitors, and mate with the females who forage in their territories.

Male Wool carder bees may not have a sting but they do come equipped with a set of spikes on their tails. Anthidium manicatumcommonly called the European wool carder bee[1] is a species of bee in the family Megachilidaethe leaf-cutter bees or mason bees.

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