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Anthidium manicatum? - Anthidium manicatum - male

Anthidium manicatum? - Anthidium manicatum - Male
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
September 27, 2015
These bees are sometimes found on other flowers but they've especially staked a claim on the Salvia 'Mystic Spires'. They spend a great deal of energy attempting to drive off other insects - they go after carpenter and bumble bees, honeybees, moths, the larger syrphid flies, and even butterflies (Monarchs and the various Vanessas).

One even hovered several inches behind a paper wasp for a while but ultimately it didn't risk it. (I could almost see the little thought bubble forming above the bee: "Ummm... maybe not such a good idea in this instance.")

Moved from Anthidium.


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