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UF Native Buzz

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Goal to learn more about native solitary bees and wasps
Task Map solitary bees and wasps in your own backyard!

Solitary bees and wasps in your own backyard!!!

Native Buzz is a citizen science project created by the University of Florida (UF) Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. Our goal is to learn more about the nesting preferences, diversity and distribution of our native solitary bees and wasps, share the information gained and provide a forum for those interested in participating in the science and art of native beekeeping (and wasp-keeping!).

Here at University of Florida Native Buzz you can keep track of your own native buzz nest site and see the results of other participant’s nest sites.

How to Join

Step #1: Become a buzz-watcher

If you are interested in becoming a Buzz-Watcher you came to the right place! Create a profile for yourself, or for your group, so we get get to know you better.

Step #2: Build and register your nest site

You can build and register as many nest sites as you feel comfortable monitoring. We recommend that you monitor each nest site at least once a week by checking for new bees and wasps.
You can either build your own nest site or purchase a nest site from one of the many suppliers online.

Step #3: Monitor Your Site

This is where the action really begins! Check your site at least once a week to see if you have new solitary bees and wasps nesting.
The female bee or wasp will collect pollen or prey, lay an egg on this food and seal the cell with mud, grass, leaves or some other material.
When the entrance is sealed off then the female is finished and you can get started! Click the link below to learn more about monitoring and entering your data.

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Required Gear

Blocks of wood and/or bundles of straws, bamboo or cardboard tubes. This project allows for a lot of creativity!! We only ask that you follow our guidelines of creating nest sites for solitary bees and wasps using an inside diameter of 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch and a length of 3 to 8 inches. Other than that have fun and create your site to be as simple or as elaborate as you like to try and attract the solitary bees and wasps in your own backyard!!

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity While fishing, On a hike, At home, In snow or rain, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Tags agriculture, back yard, bee, bees, buzz, ecology, insects, native bees, native buzz, NBNSProject, pollination, pollinator, pollinators, solitary bees, solitary wasps, ufnativebuzz
Project Updated 05/23/2018