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Individual study: Use of nest boxes by the oil-collecting solitary bee Centris analis in orchards in Acerolândia, Paudalho and Aldeia, Camaragibe, Pernambuco, Brazil

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Oliveira R. & Schlindwein C. (2009) Searching for a manageable pollinator for acerola orchards: the solitary oil-collecting bee Centris analis (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Centridini). Journal of Economic Entomology, 102, 265-273

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Provide artificial nest sites for solitary bees Bee Conservation

Oliveira & Schlindwein (2009) reported the use of nest boxes made with cardboard straws inserted into drilled wooden blocks or grooved wooden boards by the oil-collecting bee Centris analis in orchards in Pernambuco, Brazil. Seventeen nests were made in five wooden blocks with 40 cardboard-lined drilled holes in each (8.5% occupancy). Forty-eight nests were made in 12 nest boxes made of grooved wooden boards (10 groove holes per box) stacked together (40% occupancy). Cardboard straw nests had more brood cells (average 3.8 cells/nest) than nests in grooved boards (2.3 cells/nest). The species showed a preference for cavities with internal diameters between 6 and 10 mm.