Aspects of the reproductive biology of two carpenter bees (genus Xylocopa) in southern Arizona

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Title:
Aspects of the reproductive biology of two carpenter bees (genus Xylocopa) in southern Arizona
Author:
Minckley, Robert Lynn, 1957-
Issue Date:
1987
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Two species of large carpenter bees (genus Xylocopa) were studied in southern Arizona. Nesting preference of X. c. arizonensis in floral scapes of Agave palmeri was found to depend on floral scape age and status of the thermal microenvironment. Evidence suggests that females assess scape age with extreme accuracy and this ability enables them to avoid those scapes that are degraded by other biota. Females also preferentially used Agave scapes that were shaded from the afternoon sunlight. Male mating behavior and lek site selection of X. varipuncta was also investigated near a large nesting site in a topographically flat area. Behaviors analyzed indicate that males tend to display singly and that they disperse pheromonal signals. Lek site selection was in accord with that found at three other study sites and further demonstrated that males did not clump their territories near nest sites. Distribution of male territories therefore does not appear to correspond to female distributions in the environment.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Carpenter bees -- Reproduction.; Carpenter bees -- Nests.; Bees -- Arizona.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Entomology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Smith, Robert L.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleAspects of the reproductive biology of two carpenter bees (genus Xylocopa) in southern Arizonaen_US
dc.creatorMinckley, Robert Lynn, 1957-en_US
dc.contributor.authorMinckley, Robert Lynn, 1957-en_US
dc.date.issued1987en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractTwo species of large carpenter bees (genus Xylocopa) were studied in southern Arizona. Nesting preference of X. c. arizonensis in floral scapes of Agave palmeri was found to depend on floral scape age and status of the thermal microenvironment. Evidence suggests that females assess scape age with extreme accuracy and this ability enables them to avoid those scapes that are degraded by other biota. Females also preferentially used Agave scapes that were shaded from the afternoon sunlight. Male mating behavior and lek site selection of X. varipuncta was also investigated near a large nesting site in a topographically flat area. Behaviors analyzed indicate that males tend to display singly and that they disperse pheromonal signals. Lek site selection was in accord with that found at three other study sites and further demonstrated that males did not clump their territories near nest sites. Distribution of male territories therefore does not appear to correspond to female distributions in the environment.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectCarpenter bees -- Reproduction.en_US
dc.subjectCarpenter bees -- Nests.en_US
dc.subjectBees -- Arizona.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEntomologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Robert L.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1332421en_US
dc.identifier.oclc19720887en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b16835402en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b18384559en_US
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