Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NATURE NOTES


I found this unusual structure in a neighbor's garden near the home of my niece while we were there for her wedding last October.  I didn't realize what it was at first, but found out later that it is an Insect Hotel.  

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have different sections that provide insects with nesting facilities, particularly during the winter months.  You will find solitary bees and solitary wasps in residence, and many are designed so that insects can hibernate, such as ladybirds and butterflies.  They are becoming very popular among gardeners and fruit and vegetable growers who want to encourage insect pollination.  I found the above and more interesting information here.

I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes this week.  Thank you for hosting Michelle, I enjoy this lovely meme very much.

24 comments:

Linda said...

This is something I have never seen before, Denise. This is really cool!

orvokki said...

I havn't hear before about animal's hotel. This is lovely idea. and it looks nice.
Greetings rom Finland.
orvokki

Kay said...

Oh my goodness! What next? In Hawaii, it would be the termites that would come first and take up all the rooms. Still, that sure looks fun and interesting.

Elephant's Child said...

Brilliant idea - and quirky and fun execution too.

Mascha said...

What a famous hotel!
Yes, by us in Germany is it a trend to build such hotels for Insekts, I have in my garden too...and many live in summer, ssssssssssssss -

SweetMarie said...

This is so cool looking and what a great idea! thanks for sharing. :)

Our photos said...

Mice photo of the Insect Hotel!

Carole M. said...

how unusual; never heard of them before; nurturing the insect life like that

diane b said...

That is funny an insect hotel. My whole garden is an insect resort.

Arija said...

What a wonderful idea. Thanks for showing us Denise.

Kathie Brown said...

Wow, Denise, this is really interesting! I have never heard of such a thing, and as I am usually trying to AVOID insects, it seems counter intuitive! But I get it and it is also picturesque!

Jane and Chris said...

Sung as a bug in a ....
Jane x

TexWisGirl said...

i've seen these in blogland - mostly in the UK area. :)

Valerie said...

I have heard of these but never seen one before. I like that they provide a bus for the insects to come and go ... smiles

gigihawaii said...

Fascinating photo and info, Denise.

Karen said...

Oh what a terrific idea! I wonder if I can talk Hubbers into building one of those by my veggie garden!

Marie said...

I figured it was a bee house but didn't realize it was also for other insects too! Great idea!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is so interesting -- first I've ever heard of such a thing. How perfect for the NN meme!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Denise,
I so hope you're starting to feel better, truly it is so miserable being down with a rotten cold.
I empathise with your consternation over the link business, (I did have to smile though) as I can't imagine anyone less likely to indulge in blog promotion! I hope someone has the remedy very soon or at the least if it goes on its own, may it be soon for you!
Snail mail! I love it, especially interesting stamp series - but as you say it will be a thing of the past, eventually. I love the technology of instant IT communications, but oh how I wish everyone kept things like Christmas card snail-mail going as a tradition. Even parcels are on the decline here in Oz, the increases in postal costs have skyrocketed with the cheapest cost of a teeny tiny parcel being $6.95 and 65c for a standard sized letter now.
Feel better soon!

Brian King said...

Wow, how cool! I've never heard of one of these much less seen one.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Thanks for sharing this. I ender how you separate the "bad" insects from the "good" insects? We drilled holes for the carpenter bees, but my SIL says the drill enough holes as it is. Our wooden structures are very attractive to them.

The other thing about insects is that they are very important for nestlings in spring. Not all birds are seed eaters. Thanks again. Dianne

Indrani said...

Insect hotel! That is a very interesting concept. Thank you for showing.

eileeninmd said...

What a cool idea and I like the way it looks. It is a hotel for the insects. Have a happy day, Denise!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh this is a great post. I have been reading about these and want to make one for my yard.... Michelle