insect hotels

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  1. bughut

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    What a great idea to help the bees and other beasties our gardens need.

    Ive just found out there are such things and what a fabulous idea. Im in the process of building one and ill post when i'm finished.

    When i googled insect hotels and clicked on images, i was gobsmacked at the amazing designs and how involved individuals and communities are and how committed they are in particular, to saving our endangered bees. 

    Do you guys have them too?
     
  2. michaelga

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    Not yet... great idea

    Did you find any specifics or design requirements?
     
  3. bughut

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    Yes i did and its jolly exciting. For a brief and basic insight check out wikipedia.

    Anyway, research so far:-

    I didn't know that some butterfies hibernate. And to do so they conceal themselves in crevices or piles of dry leaves. so piles of slate or old tiles placed upright is ideal. Smooth sides though to protect their wings.

    I was also unaware that there were solitary bees. Lots of them in fact and all the females are fertile. So if you drill holes in a log or tree trunk they will fill them up with rows of individual eggs. The cavities are first filled with pollen which can take the bee 20 visits per egg. these are aften placed near fruit trees or anything that relies heavily on pollination. 

    The holes (2,4,6 &8mm thick)  need to be drilled quite deep and at an angle so rain cant get in. Also the opening needs to be smooth so the bees dont get hurt. the logs should also be south facing and sheltered.

    Lady birds like a wooden box on its side filled with twigs. whole colonies will live there and enjoy eating the nasties in your garden.

     the earwigs can be trapped in a terracotta pot hung upside-down filled with straw.

    Thats it so far. I can see how you can build some great hotels. Not sure if ill make a big one, or just have individual suites dotted about the garden where i think theyll be best suited.

    I have some well weathered logs in the garden, so i reckon thats a good place to start. Il post pics as i go...

    ...Bug on a mission : )
     
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  4. bughut

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    pics came out better than expected.  The log full of holes is for the bees

    the basket of twigs is for the ladybirds and the penthouse suite is for earwigs. Well thats it started
     
  5. michaelga

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    Cool thanks for the information.   Much appreciate the condensed version - hardly any time to read now that 'summer' has sorta started.
     
  6. pollopicu

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    I almost didn't click on this thread because I don't have interest in insect hotels since this is what i thought you were talking about.

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    But I'm glad I did because those are a pretty charming idea.
     
  7. chicagoterry

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    What's the advantage of cultivating earwigs? I've always thought of them as especially repulsive pests to be discouraged. Do they eat some other pest that I should know about?
     
  8. bughut

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    You're right Terry. Ive just edited that post. It should have said the earwigs can be trapped in the pot  Thanks for pointing out the error
     
  9. chicagoterry

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     I was afraid I was going to have to start regretting the glee with which I have disposed of them in the past and trying to overcome my disgust when I see one.
     
  10. bughut

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    Bless! Im getting together as many of the forkie-tailed little buggers as i can and i will annihilate them.
     
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