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Chasing Carder Bees

Female carder bees

When this insect flashes by you in your garden, at first glance you think: "Yellow jacket? Paper wasp? What's that?" Then it lands and you realize it's neither. It's a bee.The insects buzzing in our catmint last weekend were wool-carder bees, Anthidium...

Female carder bees
Female carder bees

CAUGHT IN FLIGHT, a female carder bee heads for saliva blossom--but it's occupied by another female carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sipping Nectar
Sipping Nectar

CARDER BEE sips nectar from a salvia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Carding
Carding

THE CARDER BEE is so named because it gathers "down" or "fuzz" from leaves to build its nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Evidence
The Evidence

THE LEAF of a catmint (see upper right hand corner) shows evidence of carding. Carder bees remove the fuzz or down to build their nests. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Love on a Catmint
Love on a Catmint

MATING--A male carder bee (top) finally catches up to a female. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 8:26 PM

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