|Project by dgom||posted 08-09-2013 01:31 PM||1821 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
This insect habitat is made from a drilled log to provide a home for solitary bees, ladybirds and other beneficial insects as well as attracting over-wintering insects. The nester features variable sized holes for e.g. solitary bee egg laying and shelter for insects.
My oldest daughter (5 years old) has recently showed an increasing interest for insects and bugs. When we did a search on internet for “facet eyes” and “bumblebee” we found a picture of a wooden insect nest. My daughter wished to make one and I thought that it would be a good beginners project. She first had a go with the hand saw and then used the electrical hand drill (with som help of course) to make a multitude of holes of various sizes. She seemed to enjoy it! Now she can go and check every other day if any new tenants have arrived.
The world’s growing population means more bees are needed to pollinate the crops to feed more people. According to a U.N. report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world’s food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent!!
Recently there has been many alarming reports of the collapse of honey bee colonies, which is becoming a world wide phenomena and will continue unless humans work to restore habitats for bees.
By making this nest we did our small bit to restore habitats that are friendly to pollinators :-)