2663RE: [beemonitoring] Osmia simillimia - Floral/ Habitat Habits
- Apr 2, 2013
Sam- Osmia simillimia is listed in the big table in my review of nesting habits of Osmia. Two old records have it in wood and in oak-apple galls with mud closures; a recent note reported communal nesting (!). With so few records, though, I would not dismiss the possibility of ground-nesting that you allude to. The citation is:
Cane, J.H., T.G. Griswold and F.D. Parker. 2007. Substrates and materials used for nesting by North American Osmia bees. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 100(3): 350-358.
Shall I post a pdf of the paper?
James H. Cane
USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Lab
Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 USA
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