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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If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. This species is certainly under-recorded in Britain.

Anthidium manicatum (Linnaeus,) | BWARS

Status in Britain only This species is not regarded as being threatened. Some of the plant materials that are collected are hydrophobica feature that may serve an anti-microbial function for the nest.

This insect was accidentally introduced into the United States from Europe sometime prior towhen it was discovered in New York State. The species has earned the colloquial name ‘wool-carder bee’ from this habit. Range Introduced from Europe before ; spreading throughout NE. Female Anthidium manicatum carding hairs from Stachys byzantinathen flying off carrying a ball of carded hairs.

They are scarcer elsewhere but records exist from Scotland and Ireland. The Bees of the World. Contributed by john and jane balaban on 8 October, – 8: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. The selection for larger size in males may have resulted due to their aggressive territorial behavior and subsequent differential mating success.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. However, if delayed mating can still ensure a high probability of procreating, then the resource defense strategy will be favored. Their faces and abdomen are covered in yellow spots. These bees are common throughout most of southern England, and on the south coast of Wales.

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

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. Such mating and territorial behavior in bees has also been observed in Anthidiellum notatumAnthidiellum perplexumand Anthidium banningense. Females collect “down” from such plants as lamb’s ears Stachys byzantina. Large males vigorously defend clumps of favoured flowers and will intercept and chase away any other insect which enters such a territory.


We strive to provide accurate information, but we are mostly just amateurs attempting to make sense of a diverse natural world. A second pair of spots is often seen on the disks of the 4th and 5th segments. Note the three Scottish records, all in Dumfries and Galloway. 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. They get the name ‘ carder manicxtum from their behaviour of scraping hair from leaves [3] such as lamb’s ears Stachys byzantina.

Males claim patches of floral plants, ward off conspecific males and other resource competitors, and mate with the females who forage in their territories. However, males of the genus Anthidiellum chase away intruders rather than physically attacking them, so their aggressive behavior differs significantly. Click the contributor’s name for licensing and usage information. Studies have shown that A. Territory owners are larger in size than wanderers, and copulate with females more manicstum as well.

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Species Anthidium manicatum – European Woolcarder –

Distribution Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anthidium manicatum.

Females comb wool fibres from plants to use as nesting material, while males fiercely guard areas of these plants for potential mates. Anthidium manicatum is originally an Old World bee.

They are generalists, and do not seem to prefer any plant genera for foraging. 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. 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.


Copulations occur repeatedly and regularly in both sexes. The female creates several cells in a cavity. They also have visible spikes at the end of their abdomen. Flowers visited The bees visit a wide variety of flowers. 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.

Bugguide is hosted by: Females have similar markings to males, but are smaller and less hairy, and lack the abdominal spikes. Males Males are large, with a series of yellow spots down the sides of the abdomen, making them very distinctive.

Resource defence polygyny, as this behaviour is called, is discussed by Severinghaus, Kurtac and Eickwort and is summarised by Thomhill and Alcock Patterns of sperm use by the females determine the benefits of resource defense for males. They visit garden flowers and weeds preferring blue flowers that have long throats [1] with Old World origins.

Print References O’Toole, C. 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.

Anthidium manicatum consumes mmanicatum pollen from flowers of varying families. Wool carder male Photo credit: 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.

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