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Photo#556119
Leaf-nest occupant - Anthidium manicatum - male

Leaf-nest occupant - Anthidium manicatum - Male
Alameda County, California, USA
August 1, 2011
A few hours later, the insect had returned to its nest and was again resting in this position.

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Leaf nest - Anthidium manicatum Leaf-nest occupant - Anthidium manicatum - male Leaf-nest occupant - Anthidium manicatum - male

Moved

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Anthidium manicatum
male (so this is likely a sleeping spot, not a nest)

Wool-carder Bee?
Looks like -- Anthidium manicatum. Wonder if it has a nest in the leaves? Last summer one of the females filled up the space behind a mailbox with fuzz from the leaves of Lamb's Ears. She placed about a dozen eggs provided with pollen in the space. Unfortunately the eggs were all parasitized by tiny wasps. . I took out the materials this spring and all the pollen balls were empty but still very sticky. Hope one of the bees will do the same this summer.

 
After looking at the other ph
After looking at the other photos in the first linked photo, it seems this is a male bee so it probably has just found a place to rest.

 
Maybe so
That species was here last year. I'll watch for flights into and out of the nest. We don't have lamb's ears; a female would have to visit another yard to collect fuzz.

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