I just got off the phone with the
of the Princeworks Carpenter Bee Trap (http://www.bee- trap.com/ index.htm).
I bought a couple traps to test them out as a generalized trap for
cavity nesting bees and will let everyone know how that goes next year.
However something the maker mentioned that was intriguing and I
I would pass it along. He said that it took them a long time to figure
out that you can greatly increase the time to first capture or catch in
general by putting a dead bee in the trap. This makes some sense
in that a carpenter bee would be more likely to investigate something
smelled of carpenter bees, but one wonders if other trapping situations
are affected by the odor of already trapped bees.
That said, we have a paper that has
just been accepted by Insect Conservation and Diversity that shows that
there is only minor clumping of captures of bees in arrays or transects
of bee bowls which, one would presume, would not be the case if there
an allure to a trap already containing dead bees. Anyway, something
Sam Droege sdroege@usgs. gov
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USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
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Dirge in the Woods
A wind sways the pines,
Not a breath of wild air;
Still as the mosses that glow
On the flooring and over the lines
Of the roots here and there.
The pine-tree drops its dead;
They are quiet, as under the sea.
Rushes life in a race,
As the clouds the clouds chase;
And we go,
And we drop like the fruits of the tree,
Bees are not optional.