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Conservation Biology

Wilson, Adam [1], Krakos, Kyra [1].

A study of bee diversity and resources in St. Louis, MO and the socioeconomic patterns revealed.

Asclepias spp., the milkweeds, are known for their specialized relationship with monarch butterflies. In 2015, fifty gardens were installed in North, Central, and South St. Louis, Missouri with the purpose of attracting monarch butterflies along their migratory route and to connect the citizens of St. Louis to urban natural resources. Our study focused on the plant and pollinator diversity of thirty-five of the gardens. Using GIS, we mapped the demographic and income data for these areas and tested for relationships between demographic variables, garden size, and diversity. Our results show the number of monarch butterflies in the migratory path of St. Louis Missouri increased greatly in early fall and declined in November. We found that garden size is the variable that best predicts bee diversity (p<.05). This study and its integration of natural diversity and human demographics can help inform city planning resources.

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1 - Maryville University, College of Arts and Sciences, 650 Maryville University Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63141

Native Asclepias species
urban landscape
bee diversity

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 36, Conservation Biology
Location: Sundance 1/Omni Hotel
Date: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Number: 36004
Abstract ID:210
Candidate for Awards:None

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