by Sandy Garland
Last Sunday (14 July 2019), I discovered a beautiful meadow of wildflowers – native and non-native – in the large hydro corridor crossing McCarthy Road south of Walkley. Turns out, this is another right-of-ways for pollinators project of the Canadian Wildlife Federation in collaboration with Hydro Ottawa.
Unexpected surprises included Joe-Pye Weed, Boneset, lots of Black-eyed Susans, and an elderberry shrub, mixed in with the usual naturalized aliens that one finds in unmowed urban meadows, e.g., Queen Anne’s Lace, various clovers, Chicory, Viper’s Bugloss, Oxeye Daisies. And a few invasive species, such as Comfrey near McCarthy Road.
In terms of insects, invasive species were also present: Japanese Beetles seemed to be on everything and I found a few honeybees, even though no farm is near this area.
Below are some of the photos I took of the area and its denizens. I submitted clear photos of polllinators to iNaturalist and will add any confirmed identifications as I receive them.
The day was cloudy, the temperature about 25 degrees C, so not the best weather for pollinators. However, I was able to find and photograph a variety of insects along the walking trail through the corridor. Flies outnumbered bees, likely because they can fly in less than ideal conditions – some even in light rain.