A manicured lawn is pollinator-unfriendly. But a yard, community garden, patio or window box filled with native plants can be a pollinator paradise!
Creating space to feed and shelter bees, birds and butterflies is simple and fun. And you’ll meet a new group of neighbours — some with wings, some with feathers and some with six (or more) legs!
What’s a native plant?
Native plants evolved over millennia along with other species of plants, animals, fungi and bacteria in the presence of native soil and climatic conditions.
They play an important, foundational role in ecosystems, providing food, shelter and nesting material for insects, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. They’re also tied to Indigenous cultures that use them for food, fibre, medicine and ceremony.
Choose from the huge number and diversity of native plants for their beauty and to support pollinators and other wildlife.
How to tell bees from wasps or flies
If it’s cute, it’s probably a bee.
Interested in the barbecue? Likely a wasp (bees are vegetarian).
Big bulging eyes and two wings? It’s a fly.
Take our quiz and learn how to tell different flying critters apart. Did you know male bumblebees have moustaches and mining bees wear pollen pants?
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