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Bee Homes

Jun 14, 2021 | Sustainability

Bee Homes

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Our five bee homes provide a safe place for the park’s native bees to lay their eggs during nesting season. Unlike a honey bee, cavity dwelling bees like our Leafcutter, Mason, and Carpenter bees do not build hives. Instead, they build nests in holes and crevices packed with leaves to lay their eggs. These homes protect the developing eggs from pests like pollen mites, fungal infections, predatory wasps, or harmful human interaction.

A female bee will enter the home to lay her eggs in the nesting materials. Once in place, our team can carefully remove the materials from the home and place them in a fine mesh bag to store until the eggs are ready to emerge from their cocoons.

Once the bees are ready to emerge, our team will return the cocoons to the park. They will be set in a shady spot near a sustainable food source, such as a flowering garden. The bees will then grow as they pollinate the park, and with luck,  return to the bee home the next nesting season.

Find the five bee homes in the park.

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