Building Bee Hotels
Per our research we learned the importance of accessing these holes we created. Bamboo can be stuffed with rolled paper and the semi circles also open up for cleaning and maintenance. This way we can monitor the hatching making sure bees don't emerge too soon. As we all know, here in Denver, summer can seem so close with a few 70 degree days and then we get snow! These bees will do better in warmer weather.
Bees will love these hotels, take it from Gardeners.com: "In the wild, mason bees lay their eggs in small natural cavities such as woodpecker holes, insect holes and hollow stems, but they seem to be just as happy to lay their eggs in artificial nesting cavities such as wooden blocks with holes drilled in them, cardboard tubes and paper straws. Because mason bees are unable to excavate their own nesting cavities, they seem to be quite happy to use whatever location is suitable."
When finished we put this hotel under the roofs eve facing south. Made out of reclaimed materials this unique build is nice to look at. The inside of the 'hotel' has removable parts and will look different year to year.
Build your Own Bee Hotel
Reclaim cedar from old fence posts
Cut, glue and nail (or screw) a unique shape
Fill with bamboo and hang 6-7 feet high