Understanding the potential for farming is vital for maintaining or regenerating populations of native solitary bees and wasps in the face of changing land use, climate change and possible infection by commercial pollinators. Nests and immatures of local species can be conveniently handled in compact arrays of artificial cavities comparable to those used by amateurs. This has been done at the K.S.R since 2001 (and elsewhere 1997-2007/8) and there are now extensive electronic records, in the University of Toronto library’s ‘T-Space’, that give species of bees wasps and major parasites, counts of stage to stage survival, and stage losses due to parasitism, pests or pathogens. The focus of the 2nd Data Set (2008-onwards) is the annual production, survival and reproduction of particular selections of the local species, using increasingly hygienic methods.
Principal Investigator: Peter E. Hallett