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Observations on the Behavior of the Bee Anthidium manicatum (L.)

L. L. Pechuman
Journal of the New York Entomological Society
Vol. 75, No. 2 (Jun., 1967), pp. 68-73
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25006048
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Observations on the Behavior of the Bee Anthidium manicatum (L.)
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Abstract

Collection records of the Palaearctic bee Anthidium manicatum (L.), reported by Jaycox in 1967 as being adventive in the United States, are brought up to date. New flower host records are included. European literature on the aggressive behavior of the male is briefly summarized. Observations on the behavior of A. manicatum in 1965 and 1966 show the male to be territorial and aggressive. The female works without hindrance while other species of bees are struck and driven from the territory being patrolled by the male. No bees showed any inclination to defend themselves against the attacking male of A. manicatum. It is believed that A. manicatum is a rather unique subject for further study, including distribution, behavior, nest building, flower preferences and genetics.

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