Sydney all abuzz over insect B&Bs

Sites set up for bees, other insects at risk of extinction to rest and pollinate

One of seven insect B&Bs in the Sydney suburbs so far. These sites, hosted by community centres, schools and religious centres, include native flowers, a "bee hotel" or an artificial nesting site, and an "insect hotel" which can be used by butterflie
One of seven insect B&Bs in the Sydney suburbs so far. These sites, hosted by community centres, schools and religious centres, include native flowers, a "bee hotel" or an artificial nesting site, and an "insect hotel" which can be used by butterflies and ladybirds, among other insects.PHOTO: FOODFAITH

In recent years, a sharp decline in the global bee population has raised fears about their possible eventual extinction, which will threaten ecosystems.

The precise cause - and the extent of the problem - remains unknown, but the decline has prompted researchers, beekeepers and local communities to look for new ways to save bees.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'Sydney all abuzz over insect B&Bs'. Subscribe