Up, Close and Personal

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World  8/31/12) 

If you've ever glimpsed a European wool carder bee foraging in your yard, chances are that's all you saw--a glimpse.

The wool carder bees (Anthidium manicatum), so named because the females collect or "card" plant fuzz for their nests, move quickly. The males, more aggressive and very territorial, move even faster.

The wool carder bee is an Old World bee introduced into the United States (New York) in 1963. It was first discovered in California (Sunnyvale) in...

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