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Wool-Carder Bee (Anthidium (Anthidium) manicatum)

Observed: 1st August 2013 By: ThistleThistle’s reputation in InvertebratesThistle’s reputation in InvertebratesThistle’s reputation in InvertebratesThistle’s reputation in Invertebrates
Wool-Carder Bee (Anthidium (Anthidium) manicatum)
Wool-Carder Bee (Anthidium (Anthidium) manicatum)
Wool-Carder Bee (Anthidium (Anthidium) manicatum)

I'm beat by this one! A hoverfly seems most likely to me but I couldn't rule our a bee of some sort. A little smaller than a honey bee but with a wider, flatter abdomen. Feeding on Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina). Can anyone help with an ID, please?
Edit: Changed to match Chris's ID. Many thanks.

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That was quick!

Many thanks.

It's interesting to see how few other records of this species there have been in Scotland. I wonder if that's due to under-recording or species movement or ...?

Does anyone know if BWARS takes records from iSpot?


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Hi Ian, I know they are active on iSpot but I don't think they extract data from it. You can report this sighting here

Just a word of caution, I am no expert and it might be best to see if we get an agreement from one before submitting the record.

Regards Chris

Edit - I see that on the BWARS link above there are records from the Edinburgh area and the species seems to be spreading northwards.

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BWARS & iSpot

BWARS does take data from iSpot, although we don't get the data very often. It needs quite a lot of manipulation to get it to conform with the BWARS file structure. However, once it is incorporated, it gets onto the NBN Gateway

Records from Edinburgh have come in quite regularly over the last few years and they are definitely new. Previously the species was known only in eastern Dumfriesshire from Scotland

Chairman BWARS