A sorry-looking male covered in mites
On this shot the density of the mites is very apparent on the same male. The male
was pushing his way into a Phlomis flower.And before leaving Wool Carder Bees - for now! - I recently came across a fascinating site, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a formidable project by which 10 world-leading institutions, including the Natural History Museum and Kew Gardens, are to digitize their library collections. The site now includes over 13,000 books and journals scanned and freely available to download to everyone. It is also fully searchable. It has now become my favourite site to find out old literature about a species - the type that is not usually available in your typical university library. In this site I came across this beautiful drawing of Wool Carder bees, illustrating the size differences between males and females. The illustration is taken from "
Anthidium manicatum, the Wool-Carder Bee. A, male, B, female.