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Re: [beemonitoring] Re: Trap nests for Ceratina and other orphans (UNCLASSIFIED)

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  • Jack Neff
    The only actual reference I m aware of for using partially buried trap nests for Anthidium is Jaycox, 1966 (Pan-Pacific Entomologist 42:18-26)  for a study of
    Message 1 of 21 , Jul 12, 2011
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      The only actual reference I'm aware of for using partially buried trap nests for Anthidium is Jaycox, 1966 (Pan-Pacific Entomologist 42:18-26)  for a study of Dioxys parasitizing nest of Anthidium utahense.  I don't have the ref handy but I don't think it is  particularly clear about methods.  He apparently partially buried wooden blocks with straws.  Krombein found Anthidium maculosum in trap nest stations placed on the desert floor in Arizona so maybe just low placement is sufficient for some taxa.  Most of the Anthidium nests I've encountered have been in banks so those might have a different search pattern and need a vertical soil surface.  Batra (1994) used adobe blocks as nest sites for Anthophora pilipes (Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 96: 98-119).  Those bees excavate their own nests but one can create cavities in adobe by inserting dowels when pouring the stuff.  I've made "adobe" blocks for the benefit of bank nesting bees (like Lasioglossum zephyrum) by filling wooden forms with mud and letting them harden, then covering the top (to minimize erosion from rain) and exposing one of the sides to give the bees access.  Never did get Anthophora but the Lasioglossum liked them.  Did not try for Anthidium but they are not common locally.

      best

      Jack
       
      John L. Neff
      Central Texas Melittological Institute
      7307 Running Rope
      Austin,TX 78731 USA
      512-345-7219

      From: "Messinger, Wes NWP" <Wes.Messinger@...>
      To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:06 PM
      Subject: RE: [beemonitoring] Re: Trap nests for Ceratina and other orphans (UNCLASSIFIED)

       
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      Please pass refs for these 2 methods below? Thx --W

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      Wes Messinger
      Botanist, USACE Willamette Valley Projects
      541-688-8147

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      Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Re: Trap nests for Ceratina and other orphans



      Most Anthidium seem to nest in prexisting cavities in the soil so most
      species won't show up in standard trap nest arrays. Some people have had
      success by partially burying trap nests or creating artificial soil banks
      with cavities in them.


      best


      Jack

      John L. Neff
      Central Texas Melittological Institute
      7307 Running Rope
      Austin,TX 78731 USA
      512-345-7219




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    • Peter Kwapong
      Dear all, I ve been trying to find our the foraging behavior of my stingless bees.  Efforts to attract them to a feeder of sugar solution with vanilla essence
      Message 2 of 21 , Jun 7, 2012
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        Dear all,
        I've been trying to find our the foraging behavior of my stingless bees.  Efforts to attract them to a feeder of sugar solution with vanilla essence has not been successful. Not even their own honey will attract them.  Is anybody familiar with the set up and can please help? What should I do?
        Best wishes.
        Peter
         
        Dr. Peter K. Kwapong, Department of Entomology & Wildlife - International Stingless Bee Centre (ISBC), School of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast. GHANA. Office Tel. +233 3321 31191 Home Tel. +233 3321 30102 Cell. +233 20 9764697, Fax +233 3321 35323. www.ucc.edu.gh


        From: Kimberly N. Russell <krussell@...>
        To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Thursday, 7 July 2011, 17:26
        Subject: [beemonitoring] soil measures & bee nesting

         
        Dear All,

        I am wondering if any of you have some suggestions for low-tech (low-cost!) ways to approximate soil compaction and soil composition (%sand/clay/silt/organic)? Has anyone tried suspending soil samples in water and measuring the separation (e.g., http://www.tulsamastergardeners.org/blackbox/soil_clas_calc.htm)? My goal is to characterize samples from various sites such that they can be compared with regards to compaction and composition.

        Also, I am interesting in counting stems in sample plots that could *potentially* be used by cavity nesting bees. How large must a stem be to be used by the smallest bee? I was thinking of a 3mm diameter minimum, but not sure if that makes sense.

        Thanks!
        Kim
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        Dr. Kimberly N. Russell

        Research Scientist
        Department of Biology
        New Jersey Institute of Technology

        and

        Division of Invertebrate Zoology
        American Museum of Natural History

        phone: 1-973-642-7976
        E-mail: krussell@...
        Web: http://web.njit.edu/~krussell & http://research.amnh.org/invertzoo/spida
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