Seen any European wool carder bees recently?
European wool carder bees (so named as a result of the feminine collects or playing cards plant hairs for his or her nests) are on the transfer.
The bees, in regards to the dimension of honey bees, are largely black and yellow. The females vary in physique size from 11 to 13 millimeters, whereas the males are 14 to 17 mm.
The males are identified for being very territorial. They body-slam different bugs to guard their turf, per probability to mate with the females.
The European wool carder bees, Anthidium manicatum, are natives of Europe. Their “immigrant ancestor” was first detected in the USA (New York) in 1963, and the species then started spreading west. The bees have been first recorded in California (Sunnyvale) in 2007.
The species, in line with analysis entomologist Tom Zavortink of the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis, was by accident launched into New York state. They weren’t purposefully launched to pollinate alfalfa, as some reviews allege, he stated.
Writing in a 2008 version of the Pan-Pacific Entomologist, Zavortink and fellow entomologist Sandra Shanks, now of Port Townsend, Wash., identified that a number of papers “have documented its unfold from neighboring areas within the northeastern United States and southern Canada” and that the species has since crossed the nation. It was confirmed in Colorado in 2005, Missouri in 2006, and Maine, Michigan, Maryland and California (Sunnyvale) in 2007, the entomologists wrote. Information present it was first collected in Davis on July 26, 2007.
It was nicely established within the Central Valley by 2008, in line with Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and a UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology.
We first encountered the European wool carder bee in Vacaville, Solano County, within the spring of 2010. Its plant preferences embrace lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantine, within the mint household Lamiaceae), a perennial grown for its fuzzy, silvery gray-green foliage. It is also been collected within the figwort/snapdragon household (Scrophulariacae) and the pea and bean household (Fabaceae), in line with the Zavortink-Shanks analysis.
In our pollinator backyard, they appear to favor foxgloves, lamb’s ear, catmint and lavender. Sure, in that order…