2976Anthidium manicatum nest?
- Oct 26, 2013Hi all,I'm wondering what people think of the suggestion that the object in these photos is a wool carder bee nest:I got to examine it in person only after it had become pretty beat-up, but it consisted of hymenopteran cocoons embedded in what seemed to be a synthetic material--under the microscope I saw coarse, coiled fibers that aren't evident in the photos. All of the cocoons were parasitized by torymids in the genus Monodontomerus, evidently a known associate of Anthidium manicatum. Has anyone seen an A. manicatum nest that was disc-shaped like this, and does this species ever use manmade materials instead of plant fibers?Thanks for any insights,Charley Eiseman
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