We started by collecting found, natural items outdoors to use for our 'bug houses' like leaves, sticks, dried flower stems, bark and pine cones and then spent a couple of 50 minute periods working in the tech lab, drilling, glueing and nailing the wood frame. We owe a big thank you to our very helpful lab tech, Fiona. During the next few periods together, the group got creative decorating and then furnishing their hotels with their found materials for insects to hibernate in over winter.
Insect hotels help bring awareness to diminishing natural insect habitats while also attracting beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, beetles, lacewings, crickets and various specious of bees to the garden. Did you know that almost all insects are good for your garden? These 'good bugs' help control other insect pests and stimulate biodiversity in gardens. Building Insect Hotels is an affordable, creative project for anyone wishing to attract insects to their yard.