Wool Carder Bee: wishing and hoping | Nature Notes from Dorset

When I discovered this insect in our garden I thought at first it was a bee-mimicking hoverfly as it would rest a while on a leaf, then take off and hover around for a minute or two before returning to its resting place. Having failed to find a hoverfly fitting the description I widened my search and discovered that it is, in fact, a bee - the wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum). It is related to leaf-cutter bees but this one does not cut up leaves it gathers (cards) fibrous hairs from the leaves of some garden plants to line its nest.

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Wool Carder Bee: wishing and hoping | Nature Notes from Dorset

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