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We have added several bee hotels to the Arbor Bowl in our gardens to aid in pollination, and to help keep harmful insects away.
Bee hotels are different than bee hives in that bee hives are home to community bees or bee colonies, but bee hotels attract solitary bees. They are called solitary bees because they build individual nest for their larva, but a some species will group their nests in aggregations.
Solitary bees are not aggressive, rarely sting – if they do sting it is likely you wouldn’t even notice, they do not make honey, or swarm.
We hope that these hotels will become home to many species native to the region (see the list below for more information on native solitary bee types). To help make the area more inviting for bees we are also working on installing and establishing new pollinator meadows.
All of the materials used in creating these bee hotels were sourced right here on our grounds, they include:
- Japanese Knotweed stems
- Hydrangea sticks
- The hotels will be inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis.