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Shhhhh! Insects sleeping….

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insect house

….. in this bespoke insect hotel.  Constructed this afternoon in 20 minutes flat by a group of enthusiastic 7 and 8 year olds.

Hopefully it will soon be home to many resting/hibernating insects, a few of which might even be beneficial for the garden if we’re lucky.

And best of all, it didn’t cost us a penny – it’s made entirely from recycled materials.

The aim was to create shelter with lots of nooks and crannies that insects might find attractive.  In fact, the kind of environment insects might find in a garden that hasn’t been tidied.  We used:

  • 3 planks of wood
  • 6 bricks
  • several plant pots
  • twigs, leaves, hollow plant stems, bamboo canes, string, shells and straw.

And some of the insects we’re hoping to attract are:

  • ladybirds and lacewings (to eat all the aphids which will eat our plants)
  • solitary bees (for pollination)

Although to be honest we’ll be happy with spiders, beetles and woodlice, especially as we’ve left it quite late in the year to construct the hotel as many insects may already be hibernating.

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3 thoughts on “Shhhhh! Insects sleeping….

  1. Love the insect hotel project.

  2. Awesome idea. Again, thanks.

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