Scientists Create a Hotel for Honey Bees to Help Stall Losses

NBC NEWS   May 29, 2015

More than two out of five honey bees in the U.S. died last year and the loss of native bees could be devastating.

Scott Campbell, an ecologist at Kansas University, “It would have major impacts on human beings and our abilities to grow enough food."

Unlike honey bees, which live in hives and were imported from Europe in the 1800s. Many native bees are solitary. Some think the bees are dying off because of habitat loss, so architects teamed up to build them a place to stay. A hotel - for bees.

Kay Johnson, an environment manager at Prosoco, says, “Bee hotels are to provide that habitat. So they're little tubes so that they can crawl in individually and do their work and live."

Steve Clark, of Clark-Huesemann Architecture, says, “You use a lot of standard building principles you actually use in buildings. You turn the building away from the storms, rain and prevailing winds. You turn it towards the sun so in the morning the bees warm up before they go out and do their work."

The bee hotel contains several holes - or rooms - with different diameters, each meant to house a different species of bee. The more bees that are saved, the more our plants thrive. Such as the wild blue indigo.

Campbell says, “If there were no bumble bees this plant would have a very hard time surviving."

Johnson adds, “If we can take care of these bees, we can have fruits and vegetables and tomatoes, even if there's problems with the honey bees."

There may be plenty of vacancy on this rainy day, but this bee hotel which opened May second, is expected to fill up by this summer.

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