How to Build a Mason Bee Hotel

| 10/9/2015 9:17:00 AM

Tags: Elsie Gibeson, pollinators, mason bees, beekeeping, pollination,


Mason Bees, also known as orchard bees are docile pollinators that are easy to keep and provide a myriad of benefits for the pollinator community. In nature, mason bees build solitary nests with mud in hollow reeds, woodpecker holes or other small openings. To keep mason bees all you really have to do is provide some prime real-estate by building a mason bee “hotel.” These hotels replicate the type of little spaces that mason bees love!

Elsie Gibeson is an environmental landscape designer with Dreamscapes Consulting and chairs the Shawnee County Master Gardeners Green Team.

Elsie Gibeson spoke about the importance of pollinators and what you can do to support them at the 2015 Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, Kansas, where these instructions were also provided, in supplement during her presentation.

Tools Needed 

• saw
• wire cutters
• drill and screw driver

3/18/2016 9:38:14 AM

Maumaj....I agree, the instructions leave much to be desired. There definitely needs to be more photos and/or diagrams.

10/28/2015 3:30:10 PM

Is it only me? I cannot properly follow the directions without a proper plan drawing or at least a photo that would show the completed work that is not zoomed in like the one in the article.

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