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Project by dgom posted 06-28-2017 12:27 PM 744 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a summer afternoon project that I made together with my daughter. First we went out and collected some raw material; cow parsley stems (keck) from last season that we could saw into different size tubes and pine cones. Then we built a frame from pallet wood scraps. A backing board of thin masonite (particle board) was added for stability. Finally it was time to stack the cones and the tubes. No glue was needed for the tubes. The pine cones are held in place by two thin wires that we nailed to the frame. A thin layer of black glazing paint was added to the outside to better withstand the natural elements. We had a lot of raw material so in the end we ended up building another two hotels that we can give away as gifts.

The hotels provide a home for solitary bees, ladybirds and other beneficial insects as well as attracting over-wintering insects. The hotels feature variable sized holes for e.g. solitary bee egg laying and shelter for insects.

The world’s growing population means more bees are needed to pollinate the crops to feed more people. According to a U.N. report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world’s food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent!!

Recently there has been many alarming reports of the collapse of honey bee colonies, which is becoming a world wide phenomena and will continue unless humans work to restore habitats for bees.

By making the hotels we did our small bit to restore habitats that are friendly to pollinators :-)





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grrt

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#1 posted 06-28-2017 12:54 PM

I like it, nice job!

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#2 posted 06-28-2017 01:57 PM

Beautiful bugs house. Good idea to keep them outside instead inside house.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 06-28-2017 02:41 PM

Fun project! Well done!

Recently there has been many alarming reports of the collapse of honey bee colonies, which is becoming a world wide phenomena and will continue unless humans work to restore habitats for bees.

FWIW, I’ve read that honey bees are doing better than ever and are not in danger of extinction. Of course, with quite a few bee diseases around, beekeepers have been complaining lately about the growing amount of work/investments necessary to maintain healthy colonies, which somehow translated into the “honey bee population is in danger” story by journalists/general public. They said that even 60-70 years ago only about 25% of wild honey bee colonies survived winters.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#4 posted 06-28-2017 03:38 PM

This is a very interesting project and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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