Bee hotel


A bee hotel, also known as a bee house or a solitary bee house, is a man-made structure designed to provide nesting sites for wild solitary bee species. They help to boost the local bee population, which is beneficial for the environment and for pollinating plants.

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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.


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