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    Default what native plants do wool-carder bees card?

    I know that lambs ear is a favorite but I was wondering if anyone knows of some plants native to the US, particularly the northeast, that wool-carder bees (anthidium) card for nesting.

    Thanks for the help!
    lnr

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    Default Re: what native plants do wool-carder bees card?

    Quote Originally Posted by lovenrage View Post
    I know that lambs ear is a favorite but I was wondering if anyone knows of some plants native to the US, particularly the northeast, that wool-carder bees (anthidium) card for nesting.

    Thanks for the help!
    lnr
    Hello,

    I filmed one on Echinops ritro, the Globe Thistle. I am not sure if this is native to where you are.


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    Default Re: what native plants do wool-carder bees card?

    Alas, globe thistle is native to Europe... but this is a really great video. Thanks!!!

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    Default Re: what native plants do wool-carder bees card?

    Quote Originally Posted by lovenrage View Post
    Alas, globe thistle is native to Europe... but this is a really great video. Thanks!!!
    It was my pleasure to finally film one. Do you plan to encourage them for any particular reason? I gather they are cavity-nesters seeking out tunnels - the only inner sanctum photo I've seen is that of Resonatingbodies of Toronto photo#2. I haven't seen any info, as yet, on encouraging nesting/successes or their potential vis-a-vis a particular commercial crop. The males are territorial and stick around for a while in the summer (July) like those of the more prevalent carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) - this territorially aggressive behaviour may discourage their commercial potential. Males also sleep at night with their jaws clamped on flowers such as lavender.

    Nicolas J. Vereecken in Switzerland has a great flickr set of photos of European Anthidium bees: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nico_be...7600314960005/

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