Build a bug hotel
We had such much fun building this today. It didn’t take long but it was so enjoyable to do. This is a run down on some bug hotel facts.
The basic structure
We used bricks and board’s to build it up. The more you can use recycled or reclaimed materials the better. It really does not need to be flash, thats not the point of it. You just want to have fun building it and making a home for the bugs.
Filling the gaps
There are lots of different things you can put it the gaps of the structure but here are some suggestions;
Dead wood is essential for the larvae of wood-boring beetles, such as the stag beetle. It also supports many fungi, which help break down the woody material. Crevices under the bark hold centipedes and woodlice.
Holes for solitary bees
Hollow stems, such as old bamboo canes, or holes drilled into blocks of wood, make good nest sites for solitary bees. Holes of different diameters cater for different species. You place canes or hollow plant stems in a length of plastic drainpipe or a section from a plastic drinks bottle.
More homes for a variety of invertebrates; this mimics the litter on the forest floor.
Beetles, centipedes, spiders and woodlice all lurk beneath the decaying wood and leaves.
Many garden invertebrates need a safe place to hibernate in through the winter, and cracks and crevices in the mansion are great for them to hide in.
Ladybirds and their larvae are champion aphid munchers. The adults hibernate over winter; they need dry sticks or leaves to hide in.
Every spring, queen bumblebees search for a site to build a nest and found a new colony. An upturned flowerpot in a warm sheltered place might be used.
Plutonium Sox says
Ooh I love this! Thanks very much for sharing how to do it, I’d love to do it with the girls but never really knew how.
It was so easy and we really enjoyed doing it. Just use any bits you can find in the garden or shed 🙂 x
Melanie Chadd says
LOVE this idea, for several reasons:
1) It gets children involved and learning about little creatures and nature.
2) Your family is doing something good for nature.
Let us know who comes to stay.
They both love it, Matilda keeps saying bugs, bugs and dragging me out to look. Not much moved in yet just a few worms 🙂