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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2023

Bee Hotels: A Way to Help our Local Pollinators

Jacob H. Udell

Senior, Biology


Pollinators are rapidly declining in numbers and so is their habitat. The main source for the loss of their habitat is due to human expansion. I looked at one way to help out our local pollinators, building bee hotels around campus. I conducted an observational experiment to measure the use of the bee hotels and to try and find ways to attract bees to them. While most hotels consist of hollowed out bamboo, I added some dead wood to try and mimic a more natural environment, a dead/dying tree, that would be used by solitary bees. My findings showed that the solitary bees in the area around campus prefer to not use the hotels but would rather use the dead trees found around campus. While bee hotels appear to not benefit the bees so far, there is still plenty of research that needs to be done with bee hotels like: are bee hotels sources for disease in bees, do bee hotels benefit bee predators more than bees, and many others.

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