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Insect Hotel

A place to stay for six-legged friends!

What you need:

  • small hollow sticks (bamboo is best)
  • leaves, pine cones, twigs and bits of bark
  • a container - a tin can, a wooden box or a plastic plant box

Making your hotelillustration of bee hotel in a tree

Put your container on the ground with the open side facing up.

Fill the container with your materials so the ends are pointing upwards.

Make sure you pack the box tightly so the twigs and sticks don't move around.

Location Location

Look for a spot that gets the sun and shade.

A place near flowering bushes or trees and a water-source will be ideal for your tiny guests.

It's best to put your hotel undercover so it doesn't get wet when it rains.

Make sure your hotel is placed securely so it doesn't tip over.

illustration of blue-banded bee on flowerWho's on your guest list?

Native bees like to live in hollow sticks and rolled-up leaves.

Straw, tiny twigs and leaves are great for crickets and millipedes.

Keep an eye on the hotel to see who moves in!