A Hole for One

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World 8/17/12)  

During the day, European wool carder bees  (so named because the females collect or "card" plant fuzz for their nests) forage on our catmint and lamb's ear.

These bees, Anthidium manicatum, are about the size of a honey bee, but with striking yellow and black markings. From Europe and fairly new to the United States, they became established in New York in 1963, and then began spreading west. Eventually this exotic species made its way to California. Bee scientists...

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