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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.

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Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
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1. Wool Carder Bee - Anthidium manicatum
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