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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This insect was accidentally introduced into the United States from Europe sometime prior towhen it was discovered in New York State. 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. Pollen collected Pollen sources are not known: Copulations occur repeatedly and regularly in both sexes. Archived copy as title Articles with ‘species’ microformats CS1 maint: Ascherv belovAnnthidium.

Females smear a plant substrate, plant extrafloral trichome secretions, on brood cells. This anthidim occurs in most species of Anthidium in the Western Palearctic region.

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Females collect “wool” from downy plants such as Lamb’s Ears to line their nest cavities. Discover Life Species page. The territorial mating behavior of male A. Nesting manicxtum Large males vigorously defend clumps of favoured flowers and will intercept and chase away any other insect which enters such a territory. These secretions are obtained from different species, such as AnthirrinumCrepisand Pelargonium. Synonyms and other taxonomic changes.

The species has earned the colloquial name ‘wool-carder bee’ from this habit. They then roll up the trichomes into a ball and bring them to a preexisting cavity.

Retrieved 9 October Retrieved 14 October Female legs are almost completely black, manidatum very small yellow spots.


Males Males are large, with a series of yellow spots down the sides of the abdomen, making them very distinctive. Retrieved 10 Annthidium Data have been contributed by a range of organisations: Views Read Edit View history. Being a member of the Anthidiini tribe of megachilid bees, A.

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.

The number of copulations a male territory owner can achieve varies based on the size of the territory — males with larger territories generally achieve more copulations than those with smaller territories. They are known for their territorial behaviour and will fiercely battle any other insect that invades their patch of flowers, which they are keeping for potential mates.

Males have even been known to kill such intruders by crushing them between the ventral surfaces of the flexed down abdomen and the thorax. Distribution Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north.

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

The primary material used to build the cells are plant hairs, or “wool” hence the name “wool snthidium bee”that is collected from the stems and leaves of plants. The mating behavior of male A. Recently since about the bee has become locally common in many sites in southern England after a long period of scarcity. Support us Join Donate Help fund our work.

Favoured plants are woundworts Stachys lanata [s. Upcoming Events Discussioninsects and people from the BugGuide Gathering in VirginiaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in WisconsinManicayum Photos of insects and people from the gathering in VirginiaJune From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Although it does not tear other males apart, the abdominal armature of a male A. Acknowledgements Citations Site map Privacy.


The abdominal spots are smaller and the apex is rounded. Smaller males will implement alternative mating tactics if they cannot defeat larger males for territory.

Archived from the original on 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. However, if delayed mating can still ensure a high probability of procreating, then the resource defense strategy will be favored.

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. Range Introduced from Europe before ; anthidlum throughout NE. This site uses cookies: Widely manixatum throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north.

Anthidium manicatum Scientific classification Kingdom: Retrieved October 22, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Skip to main content. The cheeks below the antennae, a small spot behind each eye, a bilobate spot on the clypeusand the mandibles except the apex are yellow.

This may also be to avoid nest usurpation by other female A. Female Anthidium manicatum carding hairs from Stachys byzantinathen flying off carrying a ball of carded hairs.

Late male sperm precedence may have fostered the evolution of resource defense in A. Remarks Males defend their territory very aggressively not only against other males but also against other flower visitors.