You might have heard that bees have a very important job, and it’s true - bees pollinate plants! They visit lots of flowers to feed on nectar and pollen, collecting pollen, often on their sticky legs.
By visiting lots of flowers, and carrying pollen between them they help to fertilise plants so they can reproduce, including important plants for growing edible fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Many native plant species have evolved close relationships with specific bee species and some are pollinated by only one!
Did you know?
There are an estimated 2,000 species of native bees in Australia. Some of the different types include carpenters, leafcutters, lodgers, cuckoos, short-tongued and long-tongued bees.
Females build burrows on their own, without workers. The sole function of male bees is to locate and fertilise females so they spend lots of time patrolling flowers and burrow entrances.
Most native bees burrow in the ground, or otherwise in dead or rotting wood. Other species use existing holes in dead wood, hollow stems or old wasp nests.
When we think of bees, we often think of social species living in hives, but many species are actually solitary. And it’s these solitary species that you might entice into your garden through a bee hotel.
How to make a bee hotel
Make sure you have a grown-up on the tools or supervising!