Solitary Bee Research
Research on solitary bees has focused on the genus
Centris and Xylocopa, although several studies have involved other
genera including the honey bee. Much of the research has been
collaboration with Dr. Gordon Frankie (U.C. Berkeley) in Costa Rica.
Research involving Xylocopa
includes resource marking by females, the territorial behavior of males, and the
source and chemistry of male territorial pheromones.
Research with Centris involves over 14
species. Studies have included the territorial behavior, the source and
chemistry of the male territorial pheromones, nesting biology and nest
parasites, and more recently competition and specificity of various bee groups
with respect to resources.
Between 1981 to 1983 Dr. Frankie and I, along with a number of collaborators,
documented plants and animals in an area now known as "Lomas Barbudal".
Our cooperative efforts led to the establishment of Lomas Barbudal as a national
park in 1984. Much of our bee research is still conducted in and around
References on solitary
bee biology by S.B. Vinson
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