Abiotic and biotic factors influencing nest-site selection by Halictus rubicundus, a ground-nesting halictine bee
Article first published online: 30 OCT 2003
Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford
Volume 22, Issue 3, pages 319–328, August 1997
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POTTS, S. and WILLMER, P. (1997), Abiotic and biotic factors influencing nest-site selection by Halictus rubicundus, a ground-nesting halictine bee. Ecological Entomology, 22: 319–328. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2311.1997.00071.x
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1. The nest-site selection behaviour of the bee Halictus rubicundus (Christ) was examined both within and across sites in the U.K. Females utilized a range of edaphic and microclimatic conditions when choosing a site to excavate a nest. Factors with broad tolerances included slope and hardness; those with much narrower limits included aspect, soil humidity and soil particle composition.
2. There was a preference for softer soils that were easier to dig within a site with a low overall density, but in much denser aggregations problems of maintaining the structural integrity of a nest led to the utilization of harder soils.
3. The thermal advantages of having a warm nest meant that the most suitable areas were those with a southern aspect and a slope that maximized the absorption of solar radiation.
4. Limited areas of substrate with the most desirable characteristics resulted in gregarious nesting (‘limited substrate hypothesis’).
5. Natal nest-site fidelity complemented the ‘limited substrate’ hypothesis in producing an aggregation of nests.