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Species Anthidium manicatum - European Wool-carder Bee

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Megachilidae (Leaf-cutter Bees, Mason Bees, and allies)
Subfamily Megachilinae
Tribe Anthidiini
Genus Anthidium
No Taxon (Subgenus Anthidium)
Species manicatum (European Wool-carder Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=marginatum, obtusatum
Explanation of Names
Females collect "wool" from downy plants such as Lamb's Ears to line their nest cavities
Female: 11–13 mm. Male: 14–17 mm
Robust, black and yellow. Males significantly larger than females.
Introduced from Europe before 1963; spreading throughout NE. & W. NA
disturbed habitats; visits garden flowers and weeds of Old World origin; nests in cavities:

1 Wool gathering     2 Nest building      3Nest
It is a generalist (polylectic: uses pollen from flowers of different families) visiting preferably blue flowers with a relatively long throat (Eickwort 1980). The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known associations based on specimen records and images.
Males defend their territory very aggressively not only against other males but also against other flower visitors.
Print References
O'Toole, C. and Raw, A. (1991) Bees of the World.