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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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07 July, 2010

Wool Carder Bee (Anthidium manicatum)

This bee has been in our garden for a few days now and at first I thought it was a bee-mimicking hoverfly because it certainly loves to hover!

Having failed to find a hoverfly anything like it I broadened my search and those yellow dots on the side of the abdomen and the two on the head led me to the conclusion it is, in fact a solitary bee, the Wool Carder Bee.

This garden flower it is on has very woolly leaves and it rarely strays far from it. It is very territorial and so I guess it is a male and he has chosen this woolly plant as his base camp in the hope that a female comes by to collect up the woolly fibres to line its nest which can be either in masonry or dead wood.