1722Re: [beemonitoring] pocket gopher mounds and bees
- Aug 4 9:29 AMCharley:
Very interesting. Do you know the trick of upending clear drinking glasses over the nest holes to see who might home in those burrows?
Also do you think the ants actually made those mounds or are simply nesting in a mound that something else built (like an old burrowing crawfish mound ...)
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From: Charley Eiseman <ceiseman@...> To: Cheryl Fimbel <cfimbel@...> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 08/04/2011 11:55 AM Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] pocket gopher mounds and bees Sent by: email@example.com
This spring I saw a number of Lasioglossum bees nesting in a Formica ant mound (as discussed here: http://bugtracks.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/bee-burrows/), and it seems plausible that the same thing might happen in soil excavated by a mammal, though I haven't come across it. It would be a similar case of another animal providing bees with otherwise unavailable bare soil. I'd be curious to hear if anyone has heard of or seen bees nesting in ant mounds before.
On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Cheryl Fimbel <cfimbel@...> wrote:
Is anyone aware of the use of pocket gopher or mole mounds (the mounds of dirt they push up onto the surface) by bees in any way?
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