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

TitleFactors affecting the nesting success of the large carpenter bee, Xylocopa californica arizonensis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1978
AuthorsSmith WE, Whitford WG
JournalEnvironmental Entomology
Volume7
Pagination614-616
Date Published1978
Call Number00313
Keywordsarticle, articles, insect,carpenter bee,Xylocopa, journal, journals, Xylocopa,nesting success
Abstract

The nesting success of Xylocopa californica arizonensis Cresson (Hymenoptera:Anthophoridae) is determined primarily by the availability of pollen and nectar and by the presence of a source of nest substrate. X. c. arizonensis appears to depend upon the pollen of Larrea tridentata or Prosopis spp. for larval food, when it is available. Predators, parasites and nest competitors are relatively unimportant in limiting nesting success.

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