Bees are vital for our survival! There are approximately 20,000 species of bees in the world and over 4,500 in North America alone. Bees are present on every continent except Antarctica. Most of us are familiar with the concerns around the non-native honeybees and colony collapse, but native solitary bees are also under threat, and this is why our Pollen Bee Nest is so important.
Our AMAZINGLY DIFFERENT Pollen Bee Nest was developed and tested with partial funding from provincial and federal governments over a number of years before we arrived at the current design. To provide a safe and attractive bee nest we had to answer the following questions:
Native bees come in all sizes and colours and they can be specialists— meaning they feed on a specific plant, or generalists— meaning they will visit most native flowers. They also require different nesting habitats; some nest in-ground, and some above ground in plant stems, or cavities left in wood by birds or other insects. It's the bees that nest in cavities that will also nest in our Pollen Bee Nest. They include mason bees, leafcutter bees and many other species. Installing our nests provides these bees with a safe nesting site.