Laboratory rearing of Osmia cornuta Latreille (Hymenoptera Megachilidae) on artificial diet

  • Published source details Ladurner E., Maccagnani B., Tesoriero D., Nepi M. & Feliciolo A. (1999) Laboratory rearing of Osmia cornuta Latreille (Hymenoptera Megachilidae) on artificial diet. Bollettino dell'Istituto di Entomologia della Università di Bologna, 53, 133-146.


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Rear and manage populations of solitary bees

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Bee Conservation
  1. Rear and manage populations of solitary bees

    A replicated controlled laboratory experiment at the University of Bologna, Italy, found that 408 European orchard bees Osmia cornuta reared on pollen-based artificial diets showed high larval mortality (76-100%; Ladurner et al. 1999). The 331 control bees allowed to consume the pollen lump provided by their mother had lower mortality rates (4-32%). These authors suggest this is because female O. cornuta bees add something, perhaps an enzyme, to the pollen they provide for their larvae.

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