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  • Matthew Shepherd
    Aug 5, 2011
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      Bee Inventory, Monitoring, and ID

      >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?

      >Thank you,

      >Cheryl Fimbel

       

       

      Cheryl,

       

      On a couple of occasions, I’ve seen halictid bees nesting in the stable bare soil of old gopher mounds. One of my local suburban greenspaces has hundreds (maybe thousands) of gopher mounds flanking a trail. Some of these are actively growing, but only bee nesting I’ve noticed has been on those that seem abandoned.

       

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      From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com [mailto:beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com]
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      Messages In This Digest (4 Messages)

      1a.

      pocket gopher mounds and bees From: Cheryl Fimbel

      1b.

      Re: pocket gopher mounds and bees From: Charley Eiseman

      1c.

      Re: pocket gopher mounds and bees From: Sam Droege

      1d.

      Re: pocket gopher mounds and bees From: Charley Eiseman

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      1a.

      pocket gopher mounds and bees

      Posted by: "Cheryl Fimbel" cfimbel@...

      Thu Aug 4, 2011 8:39 am (PDT)



      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?

      Thank you,

      Cheryl Fimbel

      Olympia WA

      1b.

      Re: pocket gopher mounds and bees

      Posted by: "Charley Eiseman" ceiseman@...   charleyeiseman

      Thu Aug 4, 2011 8:55 am (PDT)



      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.

      Charley Eiseman

      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? ****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > Thank you,****
      >
      > Cheryl Fimbel****
      >
      > Olympia WA****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > ****
      >
      > ****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      >
      >

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      1c.

      Re: pocket gopher mounds and bees

      Posted by: "Sam Droege" sdroege@...   sam_droege

      Thu Aug 4, 2011 9:29 am (PDT)



      Charley:

      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 ...)

      sam

      Sam Droege sdroege@...
      w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
      USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
      BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705
      Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov

      The Defenders

      I love the courage
      of the little black ants
      who when disturbed
      come out of their old
      fencepost as big dogs
      come after a rat,
      take hold of me,
      shake me, and growl.

      - Wendell Berry

      From:
      Charley Eiseman <ceiseman@...>
      To:
      Cheryl Fimbel <cfimbel@...>
      Cc:
      beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Date:
      08/04/2011 11:55 AM
      Subject:
      Re: [beemonitoring] pocket gopher mounds and bees
      Sent by:
      beemonitoring@yahoogroups.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.

      Charley Eiseman

      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?

      Thank you,
      Cheryl Fimbel
      Olympia WA





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      Blog: bugtracks.wordpress.com
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      1d.

      Re: pocket gopher mounds and bees

      Posted by: "Charley Eiseman" ceiseman@...   charleyeiseman

      Thu Aug 4, 2011 9:51 am (PDT)



      Hi Sam,

      Didn't know that trick--I'll have to try that next time I come across
      mysterious bee burrows.

      I'm sure the ants made the mounds--there is a mention of the 'masonry domes'
      created by Formica glacialis here: http://www.antcolonies.net/antnests.html.
      And this mound definitely had an active ant colony in it, so I'm curious
      what kinds of interactions the bees and ants might have been having inside.

      Charley

      On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM, Sam Droege <sdroege@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > Charley:
      >
      > 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
      > ...)
      >
      > sam
      >
      > Sam Droege sdroege@...
      > w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
      > USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
      > BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705
      > Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov
      >
      > The Defenders
      >
      > I love the courage
      > of the little black ants
      > who when disturbed
      > come out of their old
      > fencepost as big dogs
      > come after a rat,
      > take hold of me,
      > shake me, and growl.
      >
      > - Wendell Berry
      >
      >
      >
      > From: Charley Eiseman <ceiseman@...> To:
      > Cheryl Fimbel <cfimbel@...>
      > Cc: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com Date: 08/04/2011 11:55 AM Subject: Re:
      > [beemonitoring] pocket gopher mounds and bees Sent by:
      > beemonitoring@yahoogroups.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/*<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.
      >
      > Charley Eiseman
      >
      > On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Cheryl Fimbel <*cfimbel@...*<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?
      >
      >
      >
      > Thank you,
      >
      > Cheryl Fimbel
      >
      > Olympia WA
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > --
      > Ecological services: *www.charleyeiseman.com*<http://www.charleyeiseman.com/>
      >
      > Blog: *bugtracks.wordpress.com* <http://bugtracks.wordpress.com/>
      > Book & natural history programs: *www.northernnaturalists.com*<http://www.northernnaturalists.com/>
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >

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      Ecological services: www.charleyeiseman.com
      Blog: bugtracks.wordpress.com
      Book & natural history programs: www.northernnaturalists.com

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