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2663RE: [beemonitoring] Osmia simillimia - Floral/ Habitat Habits

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  • Cane, Jim
    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?





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