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Bug hotels provide home for beneficial solitary kinds of insects. It is a vital part of ecological gardens and eco-friendly houses. It is possible to place them anywhere – to balcony, pergola or freely in gardens. Bugs hotels are usually soon inhabited (usually the first day) and remain fairly busy. It is essential to monitor them regularly.
Solitary bees, several kinds of wasps and bumblebees don’t form colonies. They need optimal conditions to ensure the survival of the species. Man-made bugs hotels represent important alternative biotopes for these species.
Seven-spot ladybird: Their larvae feed on aphids. An adult ladybird is able to eat half its own weight of aphids.
Common earwig: It is considered to be the most beneficial garden insect. Active primarily at night, they seek a dark shelter during the day. They are usually found in the ground but if they are provided with a shelter on a tree or a bush, they start to feed on aphids resting on a twigs or blossoms. Apart from aphids, their diet is composed of mealybugs, spider mites and other tiny insects and their eggs. The most ideal shelter is a bug hotel which is hung on a branch. It is possible to move the shelter to other places infested by pests. Sometimes it is useful to relocate the shelter during the fruit ripening. They can feed on fruit juices since they are omnivores.
Paper wasps: European paper wasp is a social predatory insect that prey on other smaller insects and spiders. Larvae safely resting in smaller paper nests are fed by masticated food. An adult paper wasp can commonly be found sucking nectar from flowers.
Hoverfly: Hoverflies belong to true flies of the order Diptera and family Syrphidae. Adult hoverflies feed on nectar and pollen of blooming flowers, their larvae follow different feeding strategies. Predatory larvae of the subfamily Syrphinae and Pipizinae feed on aphids, thrips and other plants infecting insects.
Common green lacewing: Common green lacewing is a chief enemy of aphids. Aphids are not consumed in whole, the lacewing kills them and suck out the liquidated body fluids. Apart from aphids, lacewings prey on larvae of flies, scale insects and spider mites.
|Materials||PEFC certified wood|
|Construction||planed wooden planks in 20mm thickness connected by contruction screws Torx mm|
|Finish||treated with natural linseed oil|