10 eco-friendly insect habitats
For human, insects are by far the most essential crop pollinators and pest controllers. From insects like bees that help pollination to the predatory insects like the wasp that keeps away the pest, all of them are equally supportive in preserving the diverse ecosystem. However, the insects carry out the necessary activity required for the crop production and are responsible for sustaining the terrestrial ecosystems; their conservation is more or less ignored. Furthermore, humans are actively damaging their homeland and their associated bio diversity for their selfish use. Consequently, it calls our attention to conserve the natural habitats of these insects. LetĂ˘ÂÂs explore a wide range of attractive insect habitats that are specifically designed from sustainable natural materials approved by Forest Steward Council.
1. Insect Hotel by Arup Associates
Designed by the London based Arup Associates, this magnificentĂ˘ÂÂ Insect HotelĂ˘ÂÂ has already been tagged with the winner of Ă˘ÂÂBeyond the Hive CompetitionĂ˘ÂÂ. The insect hotel is inspired by the voroni pattern and this ecological and creative insect habitat is entirely built out of plywood that has carved natural shapes like wings of dragonfly to deliver more liveliness. It is divided into numerous frames, each housing the various species of insects.
2. Bug Box 2000 accommodates 2000 insects
An exquisite accommodation for nearly two thousand insects of different species, the bug box is designed by the Wild Life World. These bugs and bees could be used to pollinate and patrol your garden. This insect box will act as an insulator for the lady birds and other non-aggressive insects over winter. It is entirely safe for providing natural habitat to your insects. Besides, it has been finished with certified timber that makes your Bug box look naturally attractive.
3. Beneficial Insect Habitat
If you aim to improve the wildlife and maintain the biodiversity, you could do it by owning this insectĂ˘ÂÂs habitat. It is designed by solid wood that attracts insects to your garden. It is a beneficiary habitat for breeding solitary bees, Ladybirds, and Lacewings.
4. Multi-Chambered insect habitat
This large multi chambered habitat is designed by Mark, which comes in solid timber and is finished with pesticide- free preservative. Unlike other insect habitats, this beneficial habitat could be mounted on a wall as well. This can serve as an excellent habitat for all varieties of insects, including masons and leaf cutter bees. Its artistic designing will not encourage insects to pollinate in your garden, but will double the beauty of your garden.
5. 5 Star Insects Hotel
Invite the insects to your garden in this award winning, creative and ecologically sustainable insect habitat. While designing, the architects gave proper justice to all sorts of species requirements for shelter, nesting and hibernation. It is capable of attracting solitary bees, stag beetles, spiders, butterflies and ladybirds. All the materials that are used are recyclable. This visually engaging and easily transportable mountain insect hotel has a balcony filled with soil and base of bricks to attract bees.
6. Chris BeardshawĂ˘ÂÂs insect habitat
This ecological habitat developed by Chris Beardshaw is absolute nooks and crannies, which ensures a safe habitat for the varieties of wildlife, including solitary bees, Hedgehogs, Ladybirds, reptiles and amphibians. This habitat is specifically designed to attract honey bees in the garden to promote the population increase in solitary honey bees.
7. ‘New Wild Garden’ for the insects
Adding one more architecturally intelligent insect hotel to the range of insectsĂ˘ÂÂ habitat, this Ă˘ÂÂnew wild GardenĂ˘ÂÂ hotel has two compartments that make a happy home for little bugs. It also uses recyclable materials like recycled bits of wood, bricks, dry leaves and sticks and is large enough to house several varieties of insects from moths, battles, bees, spiders, lady bugs, frogs to larvae. Its mesmerizing scented fence helps a lot to attract insects to your garden.
8. Silver Birch Pollinating Bee Log:
This silver birch pollinating log is a perfect home for solitary bees and wide varieties of wintering insects. With good insulating property, the log is designed and filled with natural nests for the bees. You could either position the log in the sun or hang on to a wall or tree using ropes. Undoubtedly, this insect habitat would attract bees to your garden for successful pollination of your crop.
9. The Open Living butterfly habitat:
This open habitat is designed to attract butterflies. It also produces flowers like the pompom that every moth loves. Dependent entirely on the nectar of the flower to attract insects, this habitat provides natural home to the flowers as well as insects. You could grow various nectar producing flowers in the garden to appeal different breeds of butterflies for pollination.
10. The iBee 4G:
The iBee4g insect habitat is the most technologically advanced among the above-mentioned habitats. It is an ideal habitat for solitary bees and could be hung in the garden or the orchard. This is designed with good insulation to attract the ladybirds and lacewings during winter. However, you must provide a shelter where the maximum sun reaches. The name might sound impressively technological, but unfortunately, it doesn’t offer Wi-Fi access or such.