Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Wool Carder Bee

Photo by Nigel Clunie

Photo by Nigel Clunie

Anthidium manicatum (Linnaeus)

Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Megachildae

Size range

  • Medium sized 8–10 mm. Males larger than females.


  • Originally from Europe.
  • Found first in 2006 in Napier and Nelson. Seen in Auckland in 2008.

Life History

  • Has a very distinctive hovering flight.
  • Attracted to flowers.