The Bee Hotel Has Guests

By Published On: April 5th, 20211 min readCategories: Photos

The bee hotel I built last year

Last year I built a bee hotel in the hope of providing housing for some of our native bees. It looks like it worked because I can now see at least four little mud covered holes in the logs I placed in the hotel, which tells me I’ve got some mason bees in residence.

Closeup of a mason bee’s nest in the bee hotel

I’m not sure how to tell whether I have carpenter bees (the big black ones) hanging out because, other than knowing they nest by burrowing into rotting wood, I have no idea what I’m looking for. I did see a few buzzing about the hotel last fall, so I’m hoping that at least one or two found Le Hotel de Sage suitable.

Outside of the few solitary bees, the hotel is also home to plenty of spiders, a mud wasp, and various other wood and hole dwelling insects.

For info on how I built my hotel and the bees native to California, check out my post from last August.

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  1. Dahlila April 18, 2021 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Yours is pretty fancy. I’d like one, but will have to be a lot simpler. Would it be best in the sun, sha…

  2. […] and leafy shrubs), but I read the same thing about Insect Hotels, and the one I built has been quite popular with the local critter crowd. So, I figured, “what the heck, I’ll make […]

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I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.

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