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Monitoring and Habitat Assessment of Declining Bumble Bees in Roadsides in the Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  06/25/2019

Summary:

Entomologists developed an innovative method for surveying bumble bees alongside roadways. Research shows that MnDOT roadsides offer rich bumble bee habitats. Roadside surveys identified a small number of rusty-patched bumble bees, as well as populations of 11 other bumble bee species or species groups, including another rare and potentially endangered bumble bee. Study recommendations include information on surveying bee habitats and a list of recommended flowering native plant species.

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