Soil-filled nest boxes fail to attract aggregate ground nesting bee Andrea flavipes, host of the dotted bee-fly, Bombylius discolour, at Uphill Quarry Local Nature Reserve, Somerset, England

  • Published source details Gibbs D. (2004) The dotted bee-fly (Bombylius discolour): a report on survey and research work undertaken between 1999 and 2003. English Nature report.


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Provide artificial nest sites for solitary bees

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Bee Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nest sites for solitary bees

    A small-scale study with three replicates tested soil filled nest boxes for the mining bee Andrena fulvipes, a host of the Nationally Scarce dotted bee-fly Bombylius discolor in the UK. These nest boxes were not occupied, despite being placed alongside active colonies of nesting bees (Gibbs 2004).

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