Australia hosts about 2000 amazing native bee species, vital for the pollination of plants and ecosystem health.
This dynamic workshop aims to create informed and passionate bee enthusiasts via an engaging presentation and hands-on learning experience.
THE SUPER POLLINATORS – INFORMATION SHEETS
Instructions to make your own insect hotel from our kit
The Basic Buzz – Super Pollinators magazine
Instructions to make your own insect hotel from scratch
Who is in my bee hotel? ID your guests
Bee in the know – instructions to install your insect hotel
Pollinator survey – pollinators in the school yard
Make your own mud brick for blue-banded bees
The Super Pollinators super puzzles
MADE A HOTEL? WHAT NEXT?
- Paint your hotel in non toxic (child friendly) floral coloured paint! Finish with eco-friendly lacquer – supplied to school workshops.
- Secure your B & B 1-2 m above ground where it receives morning sun, afternoon shade & minimal weather exposure. It can be undercover on a veranda, on a fence post or under a tree!
- Feed your bees! Flowers in different colours & shapes – exotics & local natives – something in flower all the time!
- Ask your local community or council nursery about local plants for local fauna – very important to maintain plant host relationships for pollinators!
- Download ‘Bee Friendly’ (resources and links page) for bee attracting plants
- The closer your hotel to flowers, the less flight time required to collect pollen & nectar for the brood & the more eggs can be laid! More bees!
- Leave some bare earth & dead wood for nesting.
- Chemicals and pesticides can kill bees – BEE friendly!
Do not stand in the flight path of your bee guests – observe from the side.
Most solitary bees have an annual cycle. Females’ lays eggs over summer then die. The young over-winter in the nest & hatch in spring – it may take several cycles for them to find your hotel. Other insects may like it too – it’s good habitat!
Many solitary bee species can sting you, however they are not aggressive and it is very rare for them to do so.
Monitor & report insect activity on the Questagame app to build our knowledge about bee behaviour and distribution – it uploads to the Atlas of Living Australia. See resources page.
- Inspire others – Talk it up – add a story about your Super Pollinators project to our Facebook page
Once the young emerge they will not reuse that cavity, so replace the content with bamboo, curled bark, pithy stems or drilled rounds for new uptake.
Different species seek different size holes – provide a range of 2-9 mm holes.
Make another hotel – salvaged untreated recycled hardwood is ideal. Build a box or reclaim a small drawer – get creative!