Wool Carder Bees

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Thursday 21st July 2011

Found a new site for Wool Carder Bees (Anthidium manicatum) this morning at Threave Gardens, this brings the total number of recorded sites for this bee across the whole region to four(!)
These large bees are really easy to recognise, the female collects hairs from plant leaves - this mornings was on lamb's ear - and rolls them into a ball which she uses to line and seal her eggs chambers. The males are notoriously aggressive and will defend their territories using spikes on their abdomen.
Wool Carder Bees are often usually found in gardens and I reckon they are a lot more common in Dumfries and Galloway than we know.
It would be brilliant if everyone could keep an eye out for this LBAP Priority Species around their gardens.

Photo can be found here http://tinyurl.com/3louk6h
(Apologies we are having problems loading photos to the website)