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Love Is in the Air...er...in the Snapdragons

First in series: A male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) targets a female foraging on a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Love is in the air. Or, more specifically, in the snapdragons. If you maintain a pollinator garden, you've probably seen female European wool carder bees (Anthidium manicatum) nectaring on flowers or scraping or carding fuzz for their nests. You've...

First in series: A male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) targets a female foraging on a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
First in series: A male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) targets a female foraging on a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

First in series: A male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) targets a female foraging on a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Second in series: Male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) connects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Second in series: Male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) connects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Second in series: Male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) connects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Third in series: European wool carder bees go about populating the species. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Third in series: European wool carder bees go about populating the species. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Third in series: European wool carder bees go about populating the species. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fourth in series: Male European wool carder bee is almost finished. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fourth in series: Male European wool carder bee is almost finished. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fourth in series: Male European wool carder bee is almost finished. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fifth in series: Soon, the population of European wool carder bees will increase in this Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fifth in series: Soon, the population of European wool carder bees will increase in this Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fifth in series: Soon, the population of European wool carder bees will increase in this Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European Carder Bees Do Like Snapdragons!

A male European wool carder bee patrolling snapdragons in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a show! Last weekend we spotted female European wool carder bees (so named because they collect or card plant hairs for their nests) buzzing in and out of our snapdragons. The bees, about the size of honey bees, are mostly black and yellow. The...

A male European wool carder bee patrolling snapdragons in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male European wool carder bee patrolling snapdragons in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male European wool carder bee patrolling snapdragons in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European wool carder bee is about the size of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The European wool carder bee is about the size of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European wool carder bee is about the size of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of the European wool carder bee as it rests on a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dorsal view of the European wool carder bee as it rests on a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of the European wool carder bee as it rests on a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All that patrolling makes a fellow tired. A male European wool carder bee rests on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
All that patrolling makes a fellow tired. A male European wool carder bee rests on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All that patrolling makes a fellow tired. A male European wool carder bee rests on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up! A female wool carder bee foraging in a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bottoms up! A female wool carder bee foraging in a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up! A female wool carder bee foraging in a snapdragon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 5:08 PM
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