Here’s what every botanical garden and city park should invest in: a bee city. This one has been installed years ago in the Botanical Garden in Zürich (Switzerland) and it welcomes a range of bees including Osmia’s, Megachile’s, Anthidium’s, Chelostoma’s and more. It is all made with very basic materials like wood, bamboo sticks, bricks, etc. — Nicolas J. Vereecken (Nico’s wild bees & wasps)
Elsewhere in Bee Condos
- Bee Habitat pieces by Greg Corman (blog with pics)
- Insect walls for native bees
- Wildbienen (Wild Bee) bee walls, logs and houses
- Anna’s bee world: Got Wood?
- Solitarybee (Paul, an Englishman in France) has a bee condo made with plastic tubes (youtube channel and blog) “Solitary bee nesting activities”
- Hymenopteran Housing Projects on flickr
- Bee houses (you tube)
- Deluxe Log, Bee Plank (Spring, 2010) amplified habitat sculptures for solitary bees and wasps (RB)
- 5* Bee Hotel in France from Nico’s wild bees & wasps Flickr photostream
- Bee Posts, bee house are other bee hotels are featured on The Pollinator Garden blog (Wales).
- Nestboxes used by Scott MacIvor in his PHD research throughout Toronto, plus much more at T.O. Bee (Toronto’s Wild Bees).
Lincoln Best is a Toronto-based biology graduate student at the Packer Lab at York University (Ontario, Canada). He is surveying native bees of Western Canada in Summer, 2010.
Some of the large ‘houses’ have been set up in the Rouge Valley Park in Toronto and at businesses, farms, ad museums and in the Pollinator Park in Guelph, Ontario; the small ones are being used in urban gardens, parks, for biodiversity surveying, and several research projects. See more at www.canadianbeediversity.org in Summer, 2010.
Rob’s Bumble Bee House
This year with an entrance tube buried underground. Maybe we’ll get a queen! More great stuff on bee houses and pest control at Xerces Society (see also our Resources section for downloadable files & links).
Bee nesting enclosures at the Botanical Institute of the University of Zürich
(photos courtesy James D. Thomson)