Bee diversity and abundance in an urban setting

  • Published source details Tommasi D., Miro A., Higo H. & Winston M.L. (2004) Bee diversity and abundance in an urban setting. The Canadian Entomologist, 136, 851-869.


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Plant parks and gardens with appropriate flowers

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  1. Plant parks and gardens with appropriate flowers

    Tommasi et al. (2004) measured bee abundance and diversity in wild areas, and gardens managed for wildlife or managed traditionally, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (five to eight sites of each type). They found that gardens managed for wildlife under the 'Naturescape' programme, sown with native plant species and infrequently mown grass areas, had significantly more bee individuals than traditionally managed gardens with mown lawns and non-native plants such as petunia Petunia sp., tulip Tulipa sp., pansy Viola sp. and rhododendron Rhododendron sp. (approximately 45 wild bee (non-Apis mellifera) individuals caught/hour of sampling on average in Naturescape gardens, compared to less than 20 bees/hour in traditional gardens). Naturescape gardens did not have significantly more bee species than traditional gardens.

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