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Little information is available for building insect hotels that are successful in attracting their intended residents. If the goal is simply ornamental garden art, there are fewer constraints, but why not install a hotel that meets both criteria? Following are a few tips, and a list of helpful resources. Providing habitat for local bee populations, in particular, becomes increasingly important as we understand more about the benefits of pollinator biodiversity.

Design Considerations

Insect hotels range from simple drilled bee blocks to elaborate architectural structures, from the primitive to the sophisticated, and from the practical to the artistic.

Successful insect hotels should include generous sections for nesting bees and solitary predatory wasps; we know little about the use of hotels by other insects. However, insect hotels also provide an opportunity for artistic expression and for experimentation with variations in materials and designs that might work in a particular environment.

The most well-known artificial native bee dwellings that are known to work are simple wooden blocks drilled with holes (see Attracting Native Pollinators in the resource list for ins...

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