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Individual study: Bumblebees Bombus spp. nest in five different types of nest box on agricultural land in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, USA

Published source details

Fye R.E. & Medler J.T. (1954) Field domiciles for bumblebees. Journal of Economic Entomology, 47, 672-676


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Provide artificial nest sites for bumblebees Bee Conservation

A trial of 172 nest boxes of six types (unequally replicated), carried out on farms in Wisconsin, USA in 1953, showed that bumblebees will nest in wooden nest boxes or half-buried flower pots at the surface, wooden boxes attached to buildings 1 m above ground, or in metal cans or roof tile enclosures buried underground (Fye & Medler 1954). Flax straw, old mouse nests or felt were added as bedding. Overall, 34% of the nest boxes were occupied, by five species of bumblebee, including three now thought to be declining in some parts of North America (Xerces Society 2008): the red-belted bumblebee Bombus rufocinctus, the yellow bumblebee B. fervidus and the half-black bumblebee B. vagans.

Additional reference

Xerces Society (2008) Bumblebees in decline. Invertebrate conservation fact sheet. Available at http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/bumblebees_factsheet.pdf. Accessed 2 December 2009.