A great summer for Monarchs

This summer in Ottawa, I saw more Monarch butterflies in my garden than ever before. According to social media posts and news stories, it's been a great year for the eastern Monarch population (A flicker of hope in the insect world: firefly, Monarch butterfly numbers up). Common milkweed patch Throughout July and August, we saw … Continue reading A great summer for Monarchs

We’re baaaack!: bumblebees return to the garden

In mid-July, all of a sudden, bumblebees reappeared in my garden again. Hurray! Males and workers Numbers continue to increase as we now have males and workers in the mix. In late July, nesting queens switch from laying eggs that will become workers, to laying eggs that will become males and queens. Depending on the … Continue reading We’re baaaack!: bumblebees return to the garden

Ottawa cousins of Toronto’s unofficial bee

When I began learning about native bees two years ago, I was delighted to find the PDF book, Bees of Toronto. There aren't many Ontario-specific resources, let alone ones from Ottawa. Now we're lucky to have the Wild Pollinator Partners blog posts and events that highlight native bees in our area. After reading Bees of … Continue reading Ottawa cousins of Toronto’s unofficial bee