Bug houses

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Here at House Crazy, we’ve seen tree houses and book houses and doll houses and gnome houses, but what about bug houses? You got it – a place for your pet insects to live.

Since most insects are just passing through, however, a “bug motel” might be a more appropriate term.

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According to Wikipedia,

An insect hotel is a manmade structure created from natural materials, they can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the specific purpose or specific insect it is catered to. Most consist of several different sections that provide insects with nesting facilities – particularly during winter, offering shelter or refuge for many types of insects.

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These things are all the rage in Europe and just starting to become popular in North America.

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A fun backyard project for the weekend, right?

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Typically bug houses are constructed from natural and found materials.

Usually the wood or other objects have multiple holes drilled into them for maximum burrowing capacity.

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So what kind of critter uses a bug motel?

Wasps, dragonflies, beetles, lacewings, ladybirds, moths, spiders, frogs, and even hedgehogs!

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They really are quite beautiful in a textural way…

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Unless of course if you are not a fan of bugs. Then I can understand how these things would make your skin crawl.

If that’s the case… my abject apologies for subjecting you to this post.

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Sources:

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/insect-habitats.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect_hotel

 

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