Genus: Anthidium Fabricius, 1804
Subgenus: A. (Anthidium) Fabricius, 1804
Species: Anthidium clypeodentatum Swenk, 1914
Common name: none
Anthidium (Anthidium) clypeodentatum are black with yellow or cream-colored maculations and some dark brown coloration on their antennae, legs, and sterna. This species has two color morphs based on its location. Northern species have cream-colored markings, which are absent on the female’s face, mandible, and T6 (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013). Species on the Nevada-California border have yellow markings, which are present on the female’s face, clypeus, T1–T6, and sometimes the mandible (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013). Females have white or yellow pubescence, which is darker on the fore and mid basitarsi, the inner hind basitarsi, and occasionally on S6. Females range in body length from 8.3–11.1 mm (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013). Males have yellow or brown pubescence on the vertex, scutum, and scutellum, and white hairs on the basitarsi. Males range in body length from 8.5–13.8 mm (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013).
(modified from Gonzalez and Griswold 2013)
Anthidium clypeodentatum may be confused with A. psoraleae due to the presence of short, white tomentum on the antennal scape, the medial projection on T6 in females, and a broad, lateral lobe on T7 with a sharp, angled inner margin in males (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013). Female A. clypeodentatum can be differentiated from A. psoraleae by the presence of a strongly toothed or tuberculate distal margin of the clypeus, and the lack of a lateral spine on T6 (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013). Male A. clypeodentatum can be differentiated from A. psoraleae by the presence of a small and triangular median lobe on S6 (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013).
Anthidium clypeodentatum adults have been recorded in flight from April to August, with peak activity occurring from June to the first half of August (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013).
Anthidium clypeodentatum is a generalist that favors Lotus and Astragalus (Fabaceae). However, they have been observed visiting a variety of species within Asteraceae, Fabaceae, and Rosaceae (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013).
Nesting behavior is unknown.
Anthidium clypeodentatum is one of the most widely distributed Nearctic species. It occurs throughout western Canada in Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013). Within the U.S., A. clypeodentatum is found in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Colorado, and from California and Arizona to Washington. Within Mexico, it is distributed throughout northern Baja California. They are primarily found in chaparral, margins of the desert, and upper elevations of shrub steppe, montane forests, and grasslands (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013).