Ottawa a hotspot for wasps in North America
It turns out you don't have to live in a tropical region to have strong biodiversity
If you're afraid of wasps, Ottawa is not the place to live.
There are roughly 200 known wasp species from Canada and about 350 from North America.
But the researchers concluded that Ottawa contains 158 species within 21 different genera of Microgastrinae, a subfamily of wasp, meaning the city is home to almost three-quarters of the species for the entire country.
Researchers suggest this is due to Ottawa's strong biodiversity. This was surprising, as most biodiverse regions are tropical.
Ottawa, while definitely not tropical — it's considered a temperate zone — is located in an area that transitions between two types of forest: eastern deciduous and boreal. This makes the capital region quite biodiverse and allows wasps to thrive.
Among other interesting discoveries by the researchers were four new species of wasps, two of which are new for North America and another two which are new for Canada and Ontario.