The “hotel,” which was attached Monday to a tree on the Edmonton
Community Foundation’s downtown grounds, is made of wood and hollow
bamboo stems. It has about 200 cylindrical holes, where solitary bees
can lay eggs.
Unlike honey bees, which live communally in hives,
solitary bees live alone, but still need safe spots to stash their eggs.
Normally, bees find sheltered nooks and crannies in trees or
underground, but these have become scarce in Edmonton and other cities
across the country.