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We created a lovely, colorful place for insects to gather in our backyard called an insect hotel. My kids and I had fun making this and have had fun watching it for the past month or so.
To Make the Insect Hotel:
We used a small clay pot, some smoothie straws (I got mine at Ikea), and a jar candle.
We cut the straws in half and tied them in bundles to contain them. I put a piece of foil in the bottom of the pot to cover the hole. We melted the candle completely in the microwave. Pour the candle into the bottom of the put, then put the bundles of straws into the wax. The wax will harden as it cools and hold the straws in place.
Find a secluded place in your yard to put your insect hotel. Leave it alone and let the bugs explore.
Ours has been in our yard for about a month and we have sen lots of spiders and other little bugs make their residence in it. The kids were hoping a colony of bees would take up residence and create a hive in it, but I am trying to let them know that it isn’t very likely. 🙂
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