⭑mission complete⭑

New garden species

Bee hotel:
Colletes daviesanus

Last update: 24 April 2020
OBSERVATION:
2019-VIII-262019-VII-22

A new guest in the bee hotel, Colletes daviesanus, a bee from the Plasterer bees family (Colletes) [1,2,3].

When I started the garden project one of the plants a grew was Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) as food / hostplant. Later I discovered the existance of this bee species, which made me set the goal to try lure it to the garden. And voilá a few seasons later we have success, a new garden species!

Colletes daviesanus ♀︎

The species nests normally in clay walls but it is known to use artificial nesting help as well [4].

Colletes daviesanus ♀︎
⭑mission complete⭑

UPDATE AUGUST

The next goal has been reached as well, a female has occupied the bee hotel and started building nests. At first I thought the nests were occupied by a spider that closed it with webbing but then I remembered the use of polyester within plasterer bees.
In the end she created seven nests and shows a preference for holes with a diameter of 6 – 8 mm.

Colletes daviesanus, nests in bee hotel
Colletes daviesanus, nests in bee hotel
Colletes daviesanus ♀︎

References

1 Nederlands Soortenregister

2 Peeters, T.M.J., H. Nieuwenhuijsen, J. Smit, F. van der Meer, I.P. Raemakers, W.R.B. Heitmans, C. van Achterberg, M. Kwak, A.J. Loonstra, J. de Rond, M. Roos & M. Reemer 2012. De Nederlands bijen (Hymennoptera: Apidae s.l.). - Natuur van Nederland 11, Naturalis Biodiversity Center & European Invertebrate Survey - Nederland, Leiden., pag: 291

3 wildebijen.nl, "De Nederlandse bijen en hun relaties, overzicht van in Nederland en Vlaanderen voorkomende solitaire en sociale bijen (Apidea s.l.)"

4 Breugel, P. van 2014. Gasten van bijenhotels. – EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten en andere ongewervelden & Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden., pag: 145 - 154

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