The world’s bee population needs help. Pollinators are in peril, “and more than 40 percent of them, mostly bees, are facing extinction,” reports the
Center for Biological Diversity. What can gardeners do to help? Add a bee house to your landscape.
Here’s a roundup of 10 of our favorite bee houses, designed with the sorts of cylinders and crevices where bees like to hide and lay eggs:
Above: A hollow birch Bees’ Nest is fitted with reeds and has a sisal cord; it can be suspended from a hook or branch. It is €32 from Manufactum. Above: A Mason Bee Observation House has a plexiglass panel to allow you to “peek inside the secret lives of bees.” Is it $33 from Uncommon Goods. Above: A Diamondback Bee House also has wood shavings to attract ladybugs. It comes with a hanger on the back and is $29 from Bambeco. Above: An Orkney Insect House has a pine frame stained charcoal gray and is designed to attract bees, ladybugs, and butterflies to “the myriad little tubes just the right size for lots of beneficial insect species to hide their eggs in.” It is £22 from Garden Trading. Above: Divided into sections of wood and reed cane to appeal to a variety of species, a Robinia Wild Bee House is €50 from Manufactum. Above: Made in Lithuania, a Kew Gardens Mini Bug Cottage is designed to offer shelter to a variety of species, with tubes for solitary bees and vertical slots for butterflies; £27.95 from John Lewis. Above: A small Terrace Bee House is designed to fit into compact spaces; $19 from Bambeco. Above: With a pine frame, a Wild & Wolf Bug Motel comes with two hangers and is $58 from ABC Home. Above: From Welliver Outdoors, a Welliver Outdoors Standard Mason Bee House comes with paper tubes sized for mason bees; $199.99 from Amazon. Above: From Germany-based Neudorff, an Insect Mansion has breeding tubes for mason bees, bamboo nesting tubes for wild bees (as well as shelters designed for ladybugs, digger wasps, green lacewings, andbutterflies). It is £54.99 from Crocus.
For more pollinator-friendly habitats, see: