If you’re afraid of wasps, Ottawa is not the place to live.
There are roughly 200 wasp species across Canada and about 350 across North America.
But the researchers concluded that Ottawa contains 158 types of microgastrinae, a subspecies 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.
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Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ottawa-wasps-subspecies-hotspot-1.3860237?cmp=rss