Bird Bee & Bug Hotel
The Bird Bee & Bug Hotel is a truly interactive habitat structure that provides a range of valuable microhabitats for the study of a variety of beneficial insects like solitary bees and ladybugs. A host of features offer a mix of refuges for insects and bees, allowing you to inspect and view their activity, providing fascinating entertainment and education for the whole family. We recommend not approaching the structure when birds are known to be nesting--best to observe from a respectful distance.
Manufactured from FSC natural timber.
Chamber 1 - Bird Box Attic
For small nesting birds like wrens (March - August), this section has a predator protection hole plate.
Chamber 2 - Bug Zone
Specially prepared bamboo tubes for over wintering beneficial insects, including ladybugs and lacewings, with nesting space for solitary bees.
Chamber - 3 - Over Wintering Zone
This area has an open side access and an overwintering chamber ready to fill with bark, straw, or leaves.
Chamber 4 - Interactive Bee Trays
interactive nesting trays for mason bees, leafcutter bees, and other insects.
The Solitary Bee Study Chamber features removable trays for the study of developing solitary bees. Solitary bees do not swarm, are nonaggressive and safe around children and pets. Ideally this chamber should be sited facing east to catch the morning sun.
The Mason Bee (mud) and the Megachile Bee (leaf circles) will fill the chambers in spring and summer. The cell formation is fascinating, and the eggs will develop over the winter into larvae and then adult bees. It is best to close the trays after viewing and to restrict the opening of the trays to a maximum of 30 minutes.
Once used initially, this solitary bee area will be regularly filled by future generations. The trays can easily be cleaned after emergence of the bees, but the solitary bees will clean the chambers themselves at the start of the new season. Because of the solid, well designed construction, this unit can be left out over the winter. The Red Mason Bee (UK), Blue Orchard Bee (USA), and Megachile Bee (UK) are ESSENTIAL POLLINATORS for fruit, vegetables, herbs, etc.
Dimensions: 31"H x 10.5"W x 8"D