So you’ve put a bee hotel up in your garden. What happens next?
Over the course of the summer, you will see solitary bees making trips to and from the bee hotel. They lay around five eggs per tube separated by walls of mud. When the last egg has been laid, they seal the tube with mud.
The eggs inside the tubes hatch and develop into larvae.
the bees in your hotels look something like this in autumn. Over winter, the larvae develop into cocoons.
Next year, the adult bees emerge to continue the cycle once more. In the above photo, a Red Mason Bee (Osmia Rufa) is seen carrying a large amount of pollen, indicating why these tiny creatures play such a vital part in pollinating the plants of the fields, gardens and greenhouses of Britain.