A bee hotel is a simple wooden structure designed to mimic the natural breeding nests of solitary bees (bee species that don’t live in colonies or hives). The bee hotel provides a space where solitary bee species can live and breed in safety.
- Wooden bee hotel
- Single unit design with yellow pitched roof
- A safe nesting & breeding structure for solitary bees
- A safe place for young solitary bees to grow to maturity
- Holes of various sizes mimic those found in the wild
- Provides access for different varieties of solitary bees
- Quick & easy to hang
- Does not attract honey bee colonies
- A great way to support the threatened bee population
- Attracts docile, gentle pollinators to your garden
Did you know? There are close to 1000 solitary bee species in South Africa. Unlike honey bees, they don’t rely on a Queen for breeding; they live independently and need their own private space to breed. Most solitary bee species are stingless, and they tend to be very passive and gentle.
How it works:
- A female solitary bee selects a hole of the right size & depth to be her breeding nest
- From her chosen nest, the female will fly back & forth in your garden to collect pollen & nectar
- She will mix the pollen & nectar into a paste & place it at the back of the hole
- She will lay her eggs close to this mixture, to give her young the nourishment they need
- After “filling the pantry” & laying her eggs, she will seal up the hole with various natural materials, then fly off
- The young bees will grow up safely in the nest, feeding on the pollen & nectar mix until they’re old enough to break through the sealed door & fly off.