[NAFEX] Fwd: Creating Homes for Wild Bees

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Fri Apr 4 22:03:29 EDT 2008

> Scientists already know that female blue orchard bees (Osmia lignaria) 
> and certain other wild bees prefer to nest in cavities that other 
> females of their species once occupied. That's problematical because 
> old nests may be contaminated with disease-causing spores.

Huh! I wondered why my bees re-used the old, cruddy holes they'd just 
crawled out of last spring, instead of the nice, new ones I'd provided 
for them. Well, they did that a couple of times, anyway.

Very interesting. Thanks for posting that, Lon.

Lincoln, NE

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