Finally, prototypes of Deluxe Log, and Bee Plank! Deluxe Log short description below (full details in Deluxe_Log_Full PDF). Bee plank is a similar idea but is designed to fit into a window or an outdoor booth, with a covering to provide darkness. See also related pages at this site, Pollination Station, Bee Houses and ‘Pink Condo’, etc..
Sarah Peebles, concept
John Kuisma, log and plank fabrication
Rob Cruickshank, electronics
Above: Deluxe Log and Bee House
Resonating Bodies – Pollination Station #2: Deluxe Log
an amplified habitat sculpture for solitary bees and wasps
Many species of solitary, wild bees (and wasps) nest in vacated beetle bores and other pre-formed cavities, and are critical pollinators. ‘Deluxe Log’ is a free-standing modified log which provides habitat and incorporates a weather-resistant observation panel, vibrational sensors (acting as microphones), custom-built circuitry, headphones and magnifying lens which, combined, provide a magnified, immersive environment in which to observe these pollinators in all stages of their life cycles. Since various wild bees live for a few weeks, with life cycles which overlap throughout the summer, Log will attract different types of bees and wasps from Spring through Fall.
Above: Deluxe Log, side view
Deluxe Log draws from three design models: standardized nest blocks developed by the alfalfa pollination industry in Saskatchewan (Canada) for the managed leafcutter bee Megachile rotundata; mason bee ‘houses’ (genus Osmia) popular for orchard pollination; and, modified nest blocks which accommodate both internal viewing and many different species of solitary bees and wasps, developed by Peter Hallett (Toronto; details on this site).
Above: Deluxe Log, back view with vibrational sensor, insertion hole, and plug
Above: Sarah listens. (Photos by Stephen Humphrey)
Above: Bee Plank, back view with microphone, headphones and amplifier
Below: Bee Plank, front edge view
Photos by Sarah Peebles