Sarah Peebles, a Toronto-based composer and artist, has constructed a wonderful “Pollination Wonder Station.” The above video excerpt from the installation shows beautiful footage (and audio) of a Megachilid stem nesting bee creating her nest. Stem nesting solitary bees build their nests in hollow stems, so they are attracted to holes drilled in the block of wood of the “Wunder Station.” I must say I love everything about this and you should certainly check it out.
For more information about Sarah Peebles and her Pollination Wunder Station, as well as some beautiful photos, check it out at the Resonating Bodies blog.
“This is a wunderkammer (‘cabinet of curiosities’), full of curious living things. This is not a beehive. It has no honey bees, no honey, no colonies, no beeswax or honeycombs. Like a condo, it has individual apartments for the many varieties of solitary bees and wasps native to Ontario. Aesthetically compelling, immersive and informative, Audio Bee Booths intersect habitat interpretation, biology, sound-installation and sculpture.”