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Wool Carder Bee - Anthidium manicatum
Wool Carder Bee - Anthidium manicatum


Wool Carder Bee / Leafcutting Bee (Anthidium manicatum)
The Anthidium manicatum is a solitary bee. It is with characteristic wasp-like black and yellow markings on the body. These yellow markings join on the abdomen.

The males can reach a length of 14 to 18 mm and have 5 spikes on the end of their abdomens.,which they use to defend their territory. Female Anthidium manicatum are 11 to 12 mm in length.

The Anthidium manicatum lives on nectar and pollen, which it collects from plants such as Stachys, sage or motherwort. It nests in pre-existing holes in earth, masonry or wood. The females build individual cells for their eggs using pieces of leaves bound together by a substance they secrete. They then supply each cell with pollen or nectar, before introducing an egg into the cell. After egg-laying the cell is sealed. When the larvae hatch, they live on the pollen and nectar for weeks before pupating. The Anthidium manicatum reproduces once a year. The females are active from June to October, the males from June to September. On rainy days the animals take refuge in safe, waterproof cavities.

Anthidium (Anthidium) manicatum
Subspecies2
Common namesEuropean wool carder bee, Wool Carder Bee, European Wool-carder Bee, Wool-Carder Bee, Continental Wool-carder Bee
German namesGroße Wollbiene, Garten-Wollbiene, Gewöhnliche Wollbiene
Dutch namesGrote wolbij
Danish namesUldbi
Finnish namesSeinähuopamehiläinen
Swedish namesStorullbi
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire)), East England (Essex))))), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Channel Islands (Alderney)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Yugoslavia (Croatia))
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Iran))
Russia
Oceania
Polynesia
New Zealand
America
South America
Brazil, Peru, Suriname
North America
Canada (Ontario), USA
Africa
North Africa
Macaronesia (Canary Islands)


CountriesAustria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesAnthidium manicatum in faunaeur.org
Anthidium manicatum in itis.gov
Anthidium manicatum in dyntaxa.se
Anthidium manicatum in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Wool Carder Bee - Anthidium manicatum
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderHymenoptera
Wasps, Bees, Ants, Sawflies, Ants and wasps
SuborderApocrita
True wasps, Bees, Ants, Narrow-waisted hymenopterans, Parasitic wasps, Wasps
InfraorderAculeata
Stinging wasps
SuperfamilyApoidea
Solitary Bees, Social Bees, Apoid Wasps, Bees, Sphecoid wasps
FamilyMegachilidae
Carder bees, Leafcutter bees, Leafcutting bees, Long-Tongued Bees, Leaf cutting bees, Mason Bees, Leaf-cutter Bees
SubfamilyAnthidiinae
TribeAnthidiini
GenusAnthidium
Potter bees, Mason, Carder Bees
SubgenusAnthidium
Potter bees, Mason, Carder Bees
Speciesmanicatum
Anthidium manicatum
European wool carder bee, Wool Carder Bee, European Wool-carder Bee, Wool-Carder Bee, Continental Wool-carder Bee
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
 
Synonyms
Anthidium barbarum
Anthidium maculatum
Anthidium manicatum subcrenulata
Anthidium manicatum var
Anthidium marginatum
Anthidium obtusatum
Anthidium productum
Apis amoenita
Apis fulvipes_homonym de
Apis maculata
Apis manicata
Apis modesta
Apis pervigil
Apis uncata
 
Subspecies
Anthidium manicatum manicatum
Anthidium manicatum nigrithorax
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