Over a hundred bee-lovers joined us last February for an online bee hotel build-a-long with our friends at Hill Library’s Maker Space, so we reached out to our bee hoteliers to see how the summer season went – and it was a resounding success!
Over 50% of respondents reported that their hotels were occupied by bees, with most hoteliers opting to purchase reeds for their hotel’s nesting materials.
“Cities are a mixed bag for bees. Most species nest in the ground, and tend not to do as well in towns,” says Elsa Youngsteadt, the research lead for the Bee Hotel Build-a-Long and professor of applied ecology. “But in NC, about a quarter of our bee species nest in pre-existing tunnels–usually in dead wood or stems–but many bees are also willing to use nail holes, chinks in mortar, old hoses, you name it. These are the bees who are ready to step up and pollinate our urban plants, and we can help them do that even better by adding extra real estate in bee hotels.”
This event was such a success for the participants and the bees that we’re planning on revamping it for February 2022! Keep an eye out on our social media channels, or, subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to know about this and other Applied Ecology events.