Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
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.
O'Toole, C. and Raw, A. (1991) Bees of the World.
Miller et al. 2002
(occurrence in OH-MI)
J. of Kansas Entomol.Soc.
. Rapid Range Expansion of the Wool-Carder Bee, Anthidium manicatum