Native Bee Diversity of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
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The role of native bees as pollinators is essential to ecosystem and economic integrity. Without native bees, two-thirds of all angiosperms would cease to exist and over one-third of the world food supply would be gone. Recently, there has been suspicion to plausible declines in native bee populations; however, due to their unmanaged status in the environment, native bee populations have historically not been monitored. In order to gain insight into current native bee populations and diversity, our study acted as an initial dataset for a long-term monitoring dataset at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, Barry Co., MI. This relatively rural and heavily agricultural area, hosted a myriad of habitats. To ensure a thorough survey of native bee diversity we sampled multiple habitats categorized as “Open Field,” “Mixed,” and “Woody” and used two different sampling techniques, bee bowls and aerial netting. Our collection took place from May to August, 2008 and yielded a total of 987 specimens representing 34 genera and a variety of life histories. The Open Field habitats yielded the largest number of genera and individuals, followed by the Mixed habitats, while the Woody habitats yielded the fewest number of genera and individuals. Overall, the most commonly occurring genera were Lasioglossum, Augochlorella, and Halictus, respectively, whereas the most abundant genera were Lasioglossum, Augochlorella, and Ceratina.