Bombus – the Bumble Bee

Written on: May 18th, 2018

by David Van Olst We’ve all heard of this infamous bee species. In fact, if you ask a group of children to draw a picture of a bee, most of them will instinctively ...

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A case of moth envy: hummingbird moths of our area

Written on: April 22nd, 2018

by Renée De Vry A hot early-July afternoon spent at my favorite nursery, trying to decide what plants to adopt. I had come in to pick up more Plantain-leaved ...

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Local Black Beauty

Written on: March 29th, 2018

by Renée De Vry The Black Swallowtail (Papillo polyxenes) is a large, beloved butterfly in the Ottawa region.  Fastest of the Swallowtail family, adults often swoop ...

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Easter thoughts – about chocolate and pollinators

Written on: March 27th, 2018

by Renate Sander-Regier With Easter just around the corner, and bunny and egg treats lining the store shelves, it is hard not to think about chocolate. Chocolate ...

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Big-eyed bumble?

Written on: March 23rd, 2018

by Renée De Vry It was a sunny August day when I chose to prune my Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora). I had just started when a loud buzz , followed by dive ...

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Andrena – or mining – bees

Written on: February 8th, 2018

by Sandy Garland Although Andrenid species are common, you may not have noticed these little gold bees. The hibernating adults emerge from underground tunnels in ...

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