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Individual study: Parasitism in wild and managed populations of the orchard bee Osmia cornuta using nest boxes in Catalonia, northeast Spain

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Bosch J. (1992) Parasitism in wild and managed populations of the almond pollinator Osmia cornuta Latr. (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Journal of Apicultural Research, 31, 77-82


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From 1988-1991, Bosch (1992) recorded rates of parasitism for the orchard bee Osmia cornuta, nesting in nest boxes comprising paper straws in milk cartons, drilled holes in wooden blocks, grooved wooden boards, or bundles of reed stem. Overall parasitism rates ranged from 5-18% of cells in wild populations, and 0.1-13% of cells in managed populations.