Data Set on Farming Solitary Bees and Wasps

Project Description:
Several species of local solitary bees and wasps will nest and multiply in dense arrays of artificial cavities, and can be identified by their nests to species or group in the field. Only two of the local solitary bee species are commercially important in Canada, but understanding the propagation of all local bees and wasps may be useful in maintaining or regenerating natural habitat. Over 25000 nest by nest records at Jokers, since 2001, and two other localities, give species of hosts and parasitoids, full counts of stage to stage survival, and causes of loss. Current interest for the years 2010-2012 and 2013-2015 is replicating data for the first 3 years of cultivation, i.e., initial immigration and multiplication.

Principal Investigator: 

Prof. Peter E. Hallett, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto

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