Jason R. Graham
The potential management of the chimney bee
The opportunity to study the ground-nesting, chimney bee (Anthophora abrupta) arose when a homeowner found a nest aggregation in an open-air shed. After learning that A. abrupta are beneficial, the homeowner opted against chemical control, and instead collaborated on research. I prescribed a nesting habitat augmentation which involved artificial nest blocks made of clay, splitting the mother nest aggregation, and selective relocation of populated nest material. This was successful and led to an increase in each local population.
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