European Wool Carder Bee
( Anthidium manicatum )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Anthidium manicatum
(Linnaeus ,1758 )
Common Name:European Wool Carder Bee
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Hymenoptera
Suborder:Apocrita
Family:Megachilidae
Subfamily:Megachilinae
Tribe:Anthidiini
Genus:Anthidium
Taxon Code:HYM01159
ITIS/TSN:699663

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Sexes
Males significantly larger than females.

BIOLOGY
Females collect 'wool' from downy plants such as Lamb's Ears to line their nest cavities. Males defend their territory very aggressively not only against other males but also against other flower visitors.
Food
It is a generalist (polylectic: uses pollen from flowers of different families) visiting preferably blue flowers with a relatively long throat. (Eickwort 1980)
Habitat
Disturbed habitats; visits garden flowers and weeds of Old World origin; nests in cavities.
Importance
Introduced from Europe
Range
Introduced from Europe; spreading throughout ne. & w. NA

CREDITS
Photographer
Clayton Anderson
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Anthidium maculosum. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/282271). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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