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nest box experiment design

nest box experiment design

A study led by researchers at North Dakota State University examined how the microclimates on different sides and levels of nesting boxes influence egg-laying preferences and the number of offspring of alfalfa leafcutting bees (Megachile rotundata). The box design, shown here, allowed the researchers to measure temperature of each nest cavity with button-size sensors and observe differences based on directional position and other environmental conditions. Results showed significant variation in temperature among the cavities and that M. rotundata females preferred to nest in cooler cavities on the northern sides of the nest box. (Image originally published in Wilson et al 2020, Environmental Entomology)

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