Hillsborough to bee hospitable with new hotel

in the Daily Tar Heel

A bee hotel will be all the buzz in Hillsborough, NC, on Saturday, as it is unveiled in efforts to combat the disappearance of bees from local habitats.

“A lot of people are aware of the decline of honey bees in the United States, but fewer people understand the role of native bees,” said Stephanie Trueblood, Hillsborough public space manager. 

In North Carolina, there are more than 500 species of native bees, according to an N.C. State University lab within the entomology program.

Native bees, unlike honey bees, do not live in hives. Instead, they live more solitary lives pollinating forests and fields, Trueblood said.

“Our hope is that with a focus on creating a really large-scale, beautiful, bee hotel that people can see in a very visible location in Gold Park,” Trueblood said, “that it will raise people’s awareness of the issue.”

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