Anyway, I have had a small ladybird house (insect hotel seems too grand a term for this small edifice) in our garden for some years, but it has become old and shabby. Small creatures like the Ruby-tailed wasp seem to head for it, but I don't actually know whether it is being used as an insect 'nest' or 'home'.
|Ladybird house ... as it started out|
When I read about Amanda's purchases on on her blog, The Quiet Walker, I decided the time had come to follow suit. Our (relatively) local Morrison supermarket had two insect houses on offer. They were made of wood and the roofs had been painted green. I decided to jazz them up a bit since I love messing about with paint in bright colours. I will let you know if I notice any new residents moving in!
|My new insect houses (or are they hotels or beach huts?)|
Speaking of bright colours, I love Gazanias - also called Treasure flowers. These South African plants may not be a native species, but the Marmalade Hoverfly seems to make a beeline (sorry!) for them.
|Caught on camera ... the hover of the hoverfly!|
|Yes, you could be forgiven for thinking that I love a riot of bright colours!|