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Nesting Site Research

Native Bee Information

Solitary bees and wasps lay their eggs on pollen or in insects that they collect and then seal them in cells made of paper, leaves, cement or some other material. The eggs hatch and eat the food that they have been provisioned with and then pupate in the cells. When they emerge they mate and then find new holes to lay eggs in. We are capturing a portion of the bees and wasps as they emerge so that we can learn what bees and wasps are in our area, how long their life cycle takes, and what holes they prefer to nest in.

Paper, Plastic or Bamboo?

We are trying to find out what the ideal Native Bee Nesting Site needs to house pollinators. This project will hopefully answer some of these questions: What size holes do the pollinators like to nest in? How high or low do they prefer to nest? Do they prefer burnt wood or unburnt wood? What material best suits our local pollinators- paper straws, plastic straws or bamboo?

Do these pollinators sting?

No, the solitary bees and wasps, that this nesting site is designed for, are much gentler than social bee colonies. If captured and roughly handled, they may sting to escape, but they would rather flee than fight and do not defend their homes as honey bees do.

Presentations

Native Bee Nesting Habitat [11,708KB]

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Contact
    Jason Graham
    Honey Bee Research
     & Extension Lab (HBREL)
    University of Florida
     Entomology & Nematology
     Department
    PO Box 110620
    Bldg. 970 Natural Area Dr.
    Gainesville, FL  32611
    Phone: 352-273-3932
    E-mail:jgraham@ufl.edu
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