publication . Other literature type . Article . 2008

The Bee Fauna of Residential Gardens in a Suburb of New York City (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

Gail Langellotto;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Nov 2008
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Abstract
As suburban landscapes expand, it is critical to understand their capacity to support wildlife. Pollinators, specifically bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila), are to some degree compatible with urbanization and may be able to exist in suburbs in diverse assemblages. We surveyed 21 residential gardens for bees in Westchester County, a suburban area immediately north of New York City. From a sample of 1,675 individuals, we documented 110 species, of which 95% were native, 50% were solitary, and 93% were polylectic. In terms of abundance of specimens, eusocial (50% of specimens), native (97%), and polylectic (98%) bees were dominant. Contrary to our expectation...
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free text keywords: Insect Science
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