Category Archives: Pollinator of the Week

Megachile Bees from Portland-Area Gardens

Every June – August, from 2017-2019, we collected bees from 25 Portland area gardens. As I start to build out a Bee Guide for Portland Gardens, I wanted to highlight some of the notable bees that we collected. We are … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the week: Bombus fervidus

This entry is from Angelee Calder, and undergraduate Agricultural Science student at Oregon State University. It highlights a bumblebee that can be found in Oregon gardens, but that is currently listed as ‘Vulnerable’ to endangered species status, due to documented population declines … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: Woodland Skipper

This entry is from Isabella Messer, and undergraduate horticulture student at Oregon State University. It highlights a common Oregon pollinator. As winter starts to wind down, daffodils and crocuses begin to emerge, and butterfly enthusiasts start looking forward to another … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

  This entry is from Isabella Messer, an undergraduate horticulture student at Oregon State University. It highlights a common Oregon pollinator.   Despite the misleading name, we have unfortunately not discovered a new cross species between California butterflies and tortoiseshell … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: Virescent Green Metallic Bee

This entry is from Lucas Costner, an undergraduate horticulture student at Oregon State University. It highlights a common Oregon pollinator. While there are approximately 4,000 species of native bees in the United States (an estimated 500 of which call Oregon home), … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: Western Tiger Swallowtail

This entry is from Lucas Costner, an undergraduate horticulture student at Oregon State University. It highlights a common Oregon pollinator. A common feature of the urban and suburban landscape, a street lined with large London plane trees (Platanus x acerifolia), complete … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: Gray Hairstreak

This post was written by Isabella Messer, an undergraduate working in the Garden Ecology Lab. The Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus(Hübner, 1818)) is a common butterfly in the US. Its habitat spans most of the country with the exception of some … Continue reading

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Pollinator of the Week: Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee

This entry is from Isabella Messer an undergraduate horticulture major at Oregon State University.  It highlights one of the most common pollinators that we see in Portland area gardens. Out of the twenty four different garden sites we visit, each month … Continue reading

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