The European Wool Carder Bee

I think I’ve featured this bee on my blog before…it’s an introduced species and it is super abundant in gardens. The males are also super territorial, dive bombing other bees out of the air. They are often spotted around Salvia…but on this particular day, I found a bunch of them near the ornamental Toadflax.

Even though they’re invasive, I find it hard not to like these spunky bees.

Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Male and female mating…the female knows what is really important and still has her face buried in the flower

Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
I know this is a terrible photo but I kinda like the bee flying around mysteriously in the background
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Trick photo, there is no bee…just pretty flowers
(made ya look)
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Artsy fartsy
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax
Anthidium manicatum on Toadflax

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4 thoughts on “The European Wool Carder Bee

  1. Great Gallery. We don’t have these carders in Ireland just common carder and the large carder which is not common, and the shrill carder which is rare.

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