Recommendations for Conservation of Pollinators on Farmland (pdf)

Planting Guide (pdf)

Identification guide for the bumble bees of eastern North America (for purchase)

A Landowner's Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario

Best Management Practices for Pollination of Ontario Crops

Although it was once very common throughout southern Ontario, the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee is now an endangered species. Only 3 specimens of the Rusty-patched have been found in the last 6 years.

Activity Period: April-Oct., peak population in July-Sept. Foraging Habitat: Mixed farmland, savannah, sand dunes, urban, lightly wooded areas
Nesting/Overwintering Habitat: Underground rodent burrows or fallen deadwood
Preferred Plants: Wide variety of flowering plants in bloom from April to October

If you spot this bee: Please visit the Rusty- patched Bumble Bee Project page on Facebook and post a photo along with a description of where and when it was taken, or send us an email.