More wonderful winter reading, Pollinators of Southern British Columbia from the Elle Lab at SFU. This is an easy photo based guide for identification of pollinators, as well as lots of great information on the selection of landscape, and native plants for supporting pollinators.
By now you have downloaded and printed your Bumblebee Identification Guide from last weeks post , so now you can view this Bumblebee watch map to check out bees on Vancouver Island. There is often a picture of the bee if you click on the green dot.
When the weather warms up and the bees are out , you may even want to upload bumble bee information to the xerces.org Bumblebee Watch and put your pollinator garden on the map !
Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) Western Canada
To learn more about pollinators, it is nice to be able to identify them. Here is a great little pocket identification guide that will cover many of the bumblebees found on Vancouver Island. Print and Fold Bumblebee Guide
I like to introduce predators to the propagation greenhouse early in the season to get a jump on the pest situation. I view them as 1000’s of extra employees that work for free 24 hours a day !
Here is a fantastic and easy to use visual guide to common greenhouse pests and options on how to control them.