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A male European wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, warms its flight muscles on a bluebeard blossom (Caryopteris clandonensis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Do they ever slow down? Not much. The male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum), a yellow and black bee about the size of a honey bee, spends most of the day defending its "property" (food) from other visitors. It's so territorial that it...

A male European wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, warms its flight muscles on a bluebeard blossom (Caryopteris clandonensis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male European wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, warms its flight muscles on a bluebeard blossom (Caryopteris clandonensis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male European wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, warms its flight muscles on a bluebeard blossom (Caryopteris clandonensis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Morning sip of nectar for a wool carder bee is like a morning sip of coffee for us humans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Morning sip of nectar for a wool carder bee is like a morning sip of coffee for us humans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Morning sip of nectar for a wool carder bee is like a morning sip of coffee for us humans. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of a male European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dorsal view of a male European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of a male European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! This male wool carder bee eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Well, hello there! This male wool carder bee eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! This male wool carder bee eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Boy Wonder!

A male Valley carpenter bee engaging in nectar robber; he's drilling a hole in a foxglove to get the nectar, avoiding the pollination process. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I've been waiting for a decade to see a male Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) foraging in our family bee garden. The girls? Oh, yes. We see them every day. Sometimes half a dozen at a time. They're usually on the salvia or passionflower...

A male Valley carpenter bee engaging in nectar robber; he's drilling a hole in a foxglove to get the nectar, avoiding the pollination process. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male Valley carpenter bee engaging in nectar robber; he's drilling a hole in a foxglove to get the nectar, avoiding the pollination process. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee engaging in nectar robber; he's drilling a hole in a foxglove to get the nectar, avoiding the pollination process. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male valley carpenter bee foraging on dwarf bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male valley carpenter bee foraging on dwarf bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male valley carpenter bee foraging on dwarf bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male Valley carpenter bee
Male Valley carpenter bee "cuddling" a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male Valley carpenter bee "cuddling" a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eyeing the photographer, a male Valley carpenter bee gets ready to leave a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Eyeing the photographer, a male Valley carpenter bee gets ready to leave a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eyeing the photographer, a male Valley carpenter bee gets ready to leave a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee lifts off a foxglove. He was early chased by a territorial male European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male Valley carpenter bee lifts off a foxglove. He was early chased by a territorial male European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee lifts off a foxglove. He was early chased by a territorial male European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Male Wool Carder Bees: In-Your-Face Behavior

Male wool carder bee heads for the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

She described it to a "T." That would be "T" for territorial. Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at UC Davis, spotlighted the European wool carder bee in her current edition of the Bohart Museum Society...

Male wool carder bee heads for the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male wool carder bee heads for the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male wool carder bee heads for the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Wool carder bee zeroing in on catmint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Wool carder bee zeroing in on catmint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Wool carder bee zeroing in on catmint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male wool carder bee attacking a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male wool carder bee attacking a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male wool carder bee attacking a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Those Foxy Wool Carder Bees

Male European wool carder bee heads for a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Foxgloves, meet the European wool carder bee. European wool carder bee, meet the foxgloves. It's like "old home week" when these two get together. The plant (Digitalis purpurea) and the bee (Anthidium manicatum) are both native to Europe. European...

Male European wool carder bee heads for a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male European wool carder bee heads for a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male European wool carder bee heads for a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's inside? This male European carder bee is investigating. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey(
What's inside? This male European carder bee is investigating. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey(

What's inside? This male European carder bee is investigating. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey(

Male European carder bee (right) targeting a honey bee that is seeking nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male European carder bee (right) targeting a honey bee that is seeking nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male European carder bee (right) targeting a honey bee that is seeking nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European wool carder bee nestled inside a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European wool carder bee nestled inside a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European wool carder bee nestled inside a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

They're Not Sheepish on the Lamb's Ear

European wool carder bee nectaring on Lamb's Ear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The next time you're around a lamb's ear--no, not the animal, the plant  (Stachys byzantina)--watch for buzzing bees. Especially the European wool carder bees (Anthidium manicatum). The females card the fuzz from the soft, silvery-gray...

European wool carder bee nectaring on Lamb's Ear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European wool carder bee nectaring on Lamb's Ear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European wool carder bee nectaring on Lamb's Ear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of European wool carder bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees are quite distinguishable from European wool carder bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees are quite distinguishable from European wool carder bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees are quite distinguishable from European wool carder bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

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