Pollinating Powerhouse

Help boost your local Solitary Bee Populations

Our Solitary Bee Hotels are an artificial nest where solitary bees will come and deposit pollen or nectar and eggs, before sealing off the entrance with either leaf, resin or clay and mud.
Solitary Bee Hotels aim to increase pollination activity in your local environment by boosting local native Solitary bee populations.
Just place your Native Solitary Bee Hotel in a sheltered area protected from full sun, direct rain, spiders and ants. Creating a flower abundant garden will attract more species of native solitary bees, different varieties of plants will bring in different species of bees. 
Most native bees are solitary bees!

Vibrant Bee Species

There are over 1,650 recorded species of Native Bees in Australia and most of these are Solitary Bees.
Solitary bees are unique in that they do not belong to a colony with queens and workers like social bees, and they don't produce honey.
Solitary bees come in an amazing amount of colours and range from around 2 to 26 mm in size. Some are smooth shiny and colourful like the Blue Banded Bee, and they can even be metallic in appearance like the Resin Bee, while others are furry like the Teddy Bear Bee.
(Image: Michael Cawdrey)
Teddy bear bee
The teddy bear bee has golden brown colouring and ranges from 15-20mm in length and are typically a fatter looking bee than European honey bees. 
Image: Laurance Sanders, Flickr
Great carpenter bee

Female great carpenter bees have a black body with a yellow band on their thorax, male great carpenter bees have a pale brown body. 

Masked bee

The Masked Bees get their name because many species are black with bold yellow or white markings on their faces. 

Resin Bees

Ranging in size from about 8 to 14 mm, and coloured red, orange or black, these attractive bees may be in your backyard!