Subject: Large Wasp
Geographic location of the bug: South of Spain
Time: 05:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi Bugman,
Saved this wasp looking insect from the pool but it’s much larger than a regular wasp. Any ideas as to what it may be?
How you want your letter signed: Voni
This is an exciting posting for us because this is a European Wool Carder Bee, Anthidium manicatum, and all of the representatives of the species on our site are from North America because according to BugGuide: “Introduced from Europe before 1963; spreading throughout NE. & W. NA.” BugGuide also states: “Females collect ‘wool’ from downy plants such as Lamb’s Ears to line their nest cavities” and “Robust, black and yellow. Males significantly larger than females.” Discover Life has some great images and we also found a posting from Spain on FlickR. We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award because of your pool rescue.