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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Once finished, she seals the entrance to the cavity with a terminal plug, which consists of inorganic and organic materials that she brings to the nest.

Large males vigorously defend clumps of favoured flowers and will intercept and chase away any other insect which enters such a territory. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Females exhibit polyandry and continuously mate throughout their reproductive life.

This species is certainly under-recorded in Britain. Studies show that there appears to be no selection anthidkum on male A. Retrieved 11 October Wool carder male Photo credit: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Besides trichomes, other materials used by female A.

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Anthidium manicatum – Wikipedia

Habitat, nesting and flower preferences 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.


Resource defence polygyny, as this behaviour is called, is discussed by Severinghaus, Kurtac and Eickwort and is summarised by Thomhill and Alcock There it is used as a lining for their nest cavities. Inside the cavity, the bees fashion the trichome ball into cells, where they deposit an egg as well as a provisioning mass consisting of nectar and pollen.

The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known associations based on specimen records and images.

These unfit males receive fewer copulation opportunities than females. The female creates several cells in a cavity.

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

Print References O’Toole, C. Anthidium manicatumcommonly called the European wool carder bee[1] is a species of antuidium in the family Megachilidaethe leaf-cutter bees or mason bees.

The abdominal spots are smaller and the apex is rounded. Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north. The territorial mating behavior of male A.

They are thus considered to be generalists. Wool carder bees are very distinctive bees with yellow spots down the sides of their abdomens.

The number of copulations a male territory owner can achieve varies based on the size of the territory — males with larger territories generally achieve more copulations than those with smaller territories. Males claim patches of floral plants, ward off conspecific males and other resource competitors, and mate with the females who forage in their territories.


The legs exhibit variegation of yellow and are covered with grey hairs. anyhidium

Additionally, females use specialized hair-like structures on the exterior of their tarsi to absorb the secretions of the plant hairs to apply onto the brood cells. Distribution Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north.

Anthidium manicatum – The Mnicatum bee. They carry this hair bundled beneath their bodies to be used as a nest lining. Video by Vivian Russell.

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. Contributed by john and jane balaban on 8 October, – 8: Studies have shown that A. Males Males are large, with a series of yellow spots down the sides of the abdomen, making them very distinctive.

Females select existing cavities as nest sites, examples including insect exit burrows in dead wood, hollow stems, crevices in the mortar joints of masonry, burrows in the soil, and various man-made objects.

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