Bee Hotel

Frame built and mounted... lots of desirable residences in place... low mortgage rates guaranteed. Come on in!

  • Tim Ransom 7y

    Luxury housing for bees :) I should build myself one of these and save time in hunting for bees! Is all the accommodation full at the mo?
  • Stuart Roberts 7y

    It's a new construction so I'm waiting for tenants. The tubes at bottom right have loads of Osmia rufa males belting around them. The larger tubes with the white caps contained the Osmia cocoons I removed from last years nests, and are being used as emergence chambers - they are too broad to allow nesting themselves.

    Heaven knows what I will get here as the season progresses!
  • Laurence Livermore 7y

    Did you make this yourself?
  • Stuart Roberts 7y

    I don't have the skills I'm afraid!! This one was made by a good friend of mine
  • nutmeg66 7y

    This looks good - might try and persuade someone to knock one up for me. Which way should it face on a wall?
  • Stuart Roberts 7y

    South facing is best in UK
  • Roger Sanderson 7y

    Excellent variety of residences,I have tried bundles of hollow stems,from giant grasses to Cardoon stems.This year I have built underground nests with old vacuum cleaner tubes leading to them.On a BBC R4 program it said they would be best if they smelt of mouse urine !! Not sure how to achieve that.
  • Stuart Roberts 7y

    Roger. You could get down to your local petshop and offer to remove the gerbil straw!
  • Nigel Jones 7y

    Look out for Stelis phaeoptera which has been a regular around my bee posts.

    I might knock on of these up to augment my burgeoning collection of residences. Compared to my slum residences, this one is a top notch "Mayfair" residence for aculeates!

    Apparently if you stuff some of the tubes full of sawdust you can get Ectemnius to use these tubes, otherwise they only roost in them.
  • Jaco Visser 7y

    Looks great. I have mine facing South-East, because the house to the south blocks off sun in the morning :)
  • Laurence Livermore 7y

    I'm inspired to make my own one now :) I know somewhere to get mouse urine impregnated bedding too!

    I'm interested to hear what you all get living in your bee boxes.
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  • mizzbee 7y

    This is a "de luxe" hotel. Mine is very modest by comparison, but I can't complain, more than 30 holes are occupied now and bees keep coming. I will have to be better prepared next year. My only disappointment is that I only got Osmia cornifrons and it isn't a native bee. I wanted to help the native ones. I wonder what I have to do.
    Bee houses 1644.1.28.08.web by mizzbee

    My son in law made them for me and everybody wants to place orders for them. He should start a new business.
  • louise in northumberland 6y

    Stuart, what a wonderful bee hotel! I am keen to know what your successes and failures with it have been so far. We had a very poor year for solitary bees up here, very wet at the wrong times, so I missed some species that had appeared the year before (Megachile for example). Also I had a lot fewer of the species that did appear, especially noticable with Osmia rufa numbers, leading on to poor numbers of completed nest tubes.
  • PoppyFlax 4y

    Any news on your bee hotel? It looks like a luxury pad.
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