Damselfly in Toronto backyard garden. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Pollinator report: Dragonflies, damselflies and bees

Judith Adam

This year my backyard has visits from species I’ve not seen before in this garden, such as jewelwings, broad-winged damselflies, dragonflies. But few bees.

Seeking enthusiastic pollinators

Judith Adam

When the flowers come out, clouds of pollinators descend — bees of several kinds, small and large wasps, various flies and even some butterflies.

'Golden Jubilee' anise hyssop (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Anise hyssop for busy bees

Judith Adam

This has been a good summer for anise hyssop, a generous producer of potent nectar for honey bees, butterflies.

The red admirals arrived early this spring. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

The flittering and fluttering of butterflies

Judith Adam

After yesterday’s sunny warmth, flower buds are opening with the speed of time-lapse photography. I could actually watch the blossoms ...

A monarch enjoying the nectar of a butterfly bush. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Hummers and monarchs

Garden Making

Visits from hummers and monarchs mark the end of summer, but not the end of the gardening season. The hummer stops here in late spring on his way north, and again on his way back south. I also saw a couple of monarch butterflies indulging themselves on a dwarf butterfly bush.