CREATING HABITAT GARDENS FOR NATIVE POLLINATORS IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA

"Native bees are some of the most misunderstood creatures around. Popular misconceptions are that they all make honey, they’re all black and yellow, they all sting, and they all live in hives. But the vast majority of Ontario’s native bees don’t live in hives, are not black and yellow, do not sting, and none of them make honey.


There are approximately 850 different bee species in Canada, with more than 350 species in Southern Ontario. Types of native bees include bumblebees, sweat bees, mining bees, cuckoo bees, leafcutter bees and cellophane bees, among others. And there are more to discover. In 2010, Jason Gibbs of the University of Manitoba found a species—in downtown Toronto—that had never before been described to science."


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