Individual study: Use of desert-adapted planting increases the diversity of bees in gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
McIntyre N.E. & Hostetler M.E. (2001) Effect of urban land use on pollinator (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) communities in a desert metropolis. Basic and Applied Ecology, 2, 209-218
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Plant parks and gardens with appropriate flowers
A replicated trial in the Phoenix metropolitan area, in the Sonoran Desert of the USA, found that eight gardens planted with dry-loving plants (xeric landscaping) supported a greater diversity of bees than eight gardens planted with non-native plants such as grasses that needed to be irrigated (McIntyre & Hostetler 2001). In September, xeric gardens had approximately 10 bee species, compared to less than five species/garden in ordinary gardens.