How to Make a Bee Hotel

By Leah Grunzke – Solitary bees face some of the same threats to their population as honey bees do. Loss of habitat is perhaps the single biggest threat to wild bee populations. Large expanses of ecologically barren grass lawns, urban sprawl and city planning that doesn’t prioritize green space all result in a loss of the floral biodiversity and suitable nesting sites critical to these essential insects’ survival.

“Insect hotels” readily attract mason bees, leafcutters, and other cavity-nesting species, and are a fun way to observe solitary bees up close. Houses for bees may be elaborate or very simple; just remember these tips to create your own!

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