Greenwich Cubs Succeed in Hospitality
By Myra Klockenbrink
Twenty-one Cubs from the 20 pack and Cubmaster Chris Asmis teamed up on the Greenwich Pollinator Pathway on Sunday to build a new luxury hotel for a special VIP clientele. The hotel was erected in the North Street Pollinator Garden adjacent to the North Street School and included luxury suites for some of our hardest working local residents – bees, spiders and beneficial insects.
Bees are social insects. They live and work together in beehives and make honey. Solitary bees, on the other hand, earn their living on their own and live in the ground or in hollow plant stems or other crevices in the landscape. Because many people are afraid of bees, use pesticides, or are too meticulous about cleaning their gardens, our solitary bees find there is a housing shortage for insects like them.
Greenwich Pollinator Pathway recognized this tight market and appropriated part of its 30,000 square foot pollinator garden for the construction of this nine-story skyscraper. Wooden pallets that have been heat-treated, rather than sprayed with chemicals, were collected in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation. In collaboration with Pack 20 and Felix Desmond, a volunteer from Greenwich Rye Country Day School, materials have been collected that are beneficial to beneficial insects and solitary bees, such as mason bees, which lay their eggs with pollen and bees. nectar in cells sealed in the mud. tubes or stems of dry flowers. Scouts brought leaves, dried flowers, moss, hay and other plant matter, while Greenwich Pollinator Pathway provided hollowed out bricks, broken flower pots, bamboo stalks and birch logs pierced with holes.
Scouts learned the difference between honey bees, mason bees and other important insects. Mason bees are superior pollinators and successfully pollinate most of the flowers they visit, while the social bee with its more primitive behavior only pollinates about one in eight flowers.
This exclusive hotel is home to hover flies, which need straw and pine cones for shelter. Ladybugs like sticks and twigs, while ground beetles prefer rocks, bricks, and bark mulch. Lacewings are not fussy and do well with cardboard, but parasitic wasps like dried hollow stems and drilled holes in wood. The praying mantis prefers sticks and leaves, and the assassin bugs live among bark and sticks. Scouts were reminded that although spiders are not insects, but rather members of the arachnid family, they do important work in the landscape and can be found among leaf litter and fallen logs. All of these native insects are essential to the health of our flowering plants and help balance the ecosystem so that no insects take over and unwanted invading insects are kept at bay.
The scouts quickly noticed the first hotel guests. The woolly caterpillars were only too happy to call it home, with one claiming the highly sought-after penthouse suite.
A scout said, “This guy can be the hotel manager!”