Bee hotel: sponsor project Cosmofarma
Building a bee hotel is essential nowadays. First of all, there are a lot of wild bees or also called solitary bees next to known honeybees.
Some bees live under the ground and also some of them in cavities. We often hear that bees are dying off. We need to also be aware that there is a decline in native bee populations due to habitat loss.
Furthermore, pesticides have also an influence in their decline.
It is noteworthy that bees impose extremely exacting requirements when it comes to their habitat. Therefore, they need suitable nesting places, specific nesting and the right nectar and pollen source.
Cosmofarma encourages this project. As a result, we will develop some products where honey is used as natural sweetener instead of stevioglycosides and sucralose.
What is a bee hotel?
There is often a shortage of suitable nesting places and building materials. Due to this, native bees will readily take up “artificial” housing if you provide it. Most of all, this housing is commonly called a bee hotel. Bee hotels make ideal sites because they are easy to build and will accommodate lots of different species of bees.
These bees live alone, not in hives. The main reason for this is because in these species every female is fertile and this would not make for comfortable communal living in a hive.
Hence, the students of the Erasmus in De Pinte follow some workshops via Natuurpunt for making their own bee hotel. In this manner, they help out the nature a bit. Solitary bees will place pollen in one of the holes and lay an egg on this. As soon as the larva emerges from the egg, it has enough food and is fully grown if all the pollen is eaten. The larva will poppen. The transformation from pupation to adult insect occurs next flying season.
Where do you put a bee hotel?
Set the bee hotel at a place where you will have as less shade as possible and also with minimum impact on catching rain. You will better put the bee hotel on a south-orientated place whereby south-east is better than south-west. Next to nesting opportunities, it is very important that flowering plants are present from spring until autumn. Some types of bees eat from any pollen. Other types have a preference for plant species, -genus, or-family.
Don’t place the bee hotel too low because of ants, cats and splashing moisture. Don’t put it between trees and shrubs because of the high humidity and shadow.