Green roofs increasingly provide habitat for many insects in urban environments. Pollinators such as bees may utilize foraging and nesting resources provided by green roofs but few studies have documented which species occur in these novel habitats. This study identified bees from 26 species, 11 genera and 5 families collected from 7 green roofs using pan trapping methods over 2 years. Ten of these species have not previously been recorded on green roofs in the Chicago region. Although the majority of bee species collected were solitary, soil-nesting, and native to Illinois, the proportion of exotic species was high compared to previous collections from Chicago area green roofs and urban parks. Urban green roofs may enhance populations of both native and exotic bees, but their ability to support the same range of native diversity recorded from other urban habitats requires further investigation.
Ksiazek, Kelly; Tonietto, Rebecca; and Ascher, John S.
"Ten Bee Species New to Green Roofs in the Chicago Area,"
The Great Lakes Entomologist, vol 47
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol47/iss1/13