Inside a Bee Hotel

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.

A Red Mason Bee (Osmia Rufa) carrying mud
A Red Mason Bee (Osmia Rufa) closing a bee hotel tube
Full bee hotels

The eggs inside the tubes hatch and develop into larvae.

Larvae developing in a laboratory

the bees in your hotels look something like this in autumn. Over winter, the larvae develop into cocoons.

hese cocoons have been extracted and cleaned, and the adult bees will be distributed to pollinate around the country. The Red Beehive Company can exchange your full tubes for empty ones should you wish for this to happen with the bees from your garden.

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.