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Wool carder bees: Rotund, medium-sized bees with distinctive yellow and black coloration. The common name is due to the behavior of the females, who scrape hairs off of leaves to create a soft nest where they lay their eggs. They are often observed on the garden plants lamb’s ear and foxgloves. Photo by: E. Johnson

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Wool Carder Bee Not the Terrorist Some Folks Think It Is

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Plant lambs' ears and keep wool carder bees happy

Wool carder bee with a ball of hairs cut from a leaf to build her nest - lambs' ears

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Wool carder bee - Anthidium manicatum - These bees, originally native of Europe were accidentally introduced into the United States in 1963. It is a bee, aggressive against males of its own species, which prefers blue flowers with long throats. Here it's feeding on my blue lobelia. These bees are leaf-cutters that use segments of leaves or flower petals (including those from my eastern redbud tree and rose bush!) to line their nests.

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Male wool carder bee viewed from above showing the distinctive pattern of yellow dots on the abdomen.

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