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Bee populations and habitat survey in southwest Louisiana grasslands

Dates

Publication Date
Start Date
2015
End Date
2017

Citation

Allain, L.K., 2019, Bee populations and habitat survey in southwest Louisiana grasslands: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P91LIQ0T.

Summary

The coastal prairie of Louisiana is classified as a Tier 1 Habitat in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Wildlife Action Plan, meaning that it is a priority habitat of primary conservation concern. Declines in pollinator populations worldwide have prompted questions about the role of such grasslands as habitat for pollinators. In this study, we surveyed bee populations and the plant communities present in the following three grassland types in southwest Louisiana: prairie remnants, restored prairies, and old fields.

Contacts

Point of Contact :
Larry K Allain
Originator :
Larry K Allain
Metadata Contact :
Evelyn R Anemaet
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Ecosystems
SDC Data Owner :
Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

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Bee data.csv 665.88 KB
Bee veg quadrat_2016-2017.csv 90.74 KB
FamSciCommon_Bee_Veg.csv 18.8 KB
BeeVeg_SWLa.xml
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Purpose

Among insect groups, interest in pollinators has exploded in the last several years. This interest is reflected by the Presidential Memorandum of June 2014 directing federal agencies to support research on pollinator status and distribution. In the same year, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would conduct a status review of the Monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. Despite this interest, very few systematic studies of insects have been conducted in Louisiana, and publications with data from the state often exclude the southwest portion (Lambremont, 1954; Ross and Lambremont, 1963; Opler and Malikup; 1998). Only two studies of bees have been conducted in Louisiana and they were restricted to longleaf pine savannas (Bartholomew and Prowell, 2006) and a study by Bossart (pers. comm.) focused on the East Gulf Coastal Plain. This lack of information on the status of bees inhibits conservation efforts. The purpose of this work is to advance understanding of bee communities in the endangered coastal prairie of southwestern Louisiana.

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DOI https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier doi:10.5066/P91LIQ0T

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