Solitary Bee Observation Hive, Insect House.
Fully assembled, approx. 480mm x 90mm x 205 mm.
Complete with 6 separate removable nesting chambers each having a removable clear acrylic plate.
Top chamber for overwintering pupae.
Removable panels for observation on both sides.
External woodwork is 19mm solid untreated timber, a weatherproof treatment is recommended to keep nest boxes dry.
It is suggested to secure the hive by attaching battens of wood to the back of the hive and then securing the battens to a wall or tree.
This is the perfect addition to any beekeepers or bee lovers garden - a must have for anyone wanting to help beneficial bees and insects.
It is also the perfect alternative to keeping a hive of honey bees - no knowledge or labour is required. There is as much pleasure and learning from watching the activities of solitary bees as from keeping honey bees and solitary bees are totally benign - so this is beekeeping without the sting.
The hive is designed to attract the many different species of nesting solitary bees and wasps that are important pollinators in our environment.
Mason bees, Leaf Cutter bees and Wool Carder bees are just some - there are over 200 species in the UK so identifying them all is a project in itself.
Solitary bee nests need the heat of the sun to incubate their young so position the Solitary Bee Hive and Insect Hotel in any sunny location so south facing, not in perpetual shade, ideally 3-5 feet off the ground.
It will also provide nesting sites and hibernation homes for many other beneficial garden insects.
One of images shows the mud lined cells, each supplied with a mixture of pollen and nectar in one of the tunnels. Two are completed with a third under construction.