Factors affecting the nesting success of the large carpenter bee, <i>Xylocopa californica arizonensis</i> Cresson

TitleFactors affecting the nesting success of the large carpenter bee, Xylocopa californica arizonensis Cresson
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1977
AuthorsSmith WE
Number of Pages25
Date Published1977
UniversityNew Mexico State University
CityLas Cruces, New Mexico
Thesis TypeM.S. Thesispp
Call Number00312
Keywordsdissertation, dissertations, insect,carpenter bee,Xylocopa, theses, thesis, Xylocopa,nesting success
AbstractNest density and nesting success of Xylocopa californica arizonensis is primarily determined by nest substrate availability and pollen and nectar availability. X. californica arizonensis appears to primarily depend on pollen from Larrea tridentata or Prosopis spp. for larval food. Principal predators and parasites are a little importance in determining nesting success. Nest competitors and nest inquilines are common but do not appear to have a limiting effect on nesting success.