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Australian Carpenter Bees
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Banksia Tree
Xanthorrhoea flower
Cell Construction
Egg Size
Life Cycles
X. aeratus life cycle
X. bombylans life cycle
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Conducted between Feb. 1996 and Dec. 1998
 
X. aeratus were collected on KI and WW
 
X. bombylans were collected from Queensland and
    WW
 
Nests were collected when temperatures were less
    than 20 degrees Celcius and when it was dark or
    raining so that all inhabitants were most likely
    inside.
 
The entrances were then blocked with tissue paper
    and sealed with electrical tape and shipped in ice
   (Death by Freezing).
 
Adult females were removed and preserved for
    ovarian dissections.  Their ovary size was
    measured by the 4 largest oocytes.  They could be
    determined from the younger females by their wing
    wear, wing color, and ovary size.
 
A total of 459 colonies were collected