Insect diversity in New York City (2003-2004)

James Hayden | WildMetro

Two studies were conducted by WildMetro to look at insect diversity in the metropolitain region of New York City.

The first study (2003) was an intensive study of insects in one park, Pelham Bay Park. Over 125 families of insects were recorded. The number of species (but not the number of families) recorded did vary between sampling sites. Hayden suggests that the variation in diversity is due to the vegetative characteristics of each sampling area. Hayden offers several hypotheses for future testing: (1) jewelweed allows insect diversity, (2) a closed canopy leads to greater insect diversity, and (3) non-native vegetation decreases insect diversity. Finally, sampling methods should be considered when discussing variation in diversity.

Link to report on insects in Pelham Bay Park (2003)

In 2004, Hayden sampled 6 different parks in New York City. All sampling was less intensive that that in 2003, and, probably as a direct consequence, fewer total families (89) were recorded. Please refer to the report for further information.

Link to report on insects in New York City (2004)