Wednesday, January 27, 2010

bug hotel

Until recently I had lived my life unaware of the existence of bug hotels. However since discovering the charmingly named Bug Hilton I seem to be finding them all over the place.

The Little Eyes on Nature blog has pictures of a bug hotel which has become an exciting addition to their preschool.

And then there are these example of bug hotels that I have been collecting:

As much as I would love us to have a bug hotel, we will have to give lots of consideration to the more unwelcome guests that may check into an Australian hotel.  Funnel Webs and Redbacks and little fingers do not mix.


  1. I love this idea so much, but like you, we'd have to really think about it. The last pile of wood we had near the playground became a rat hotel. Of course, rats just run away from kids, unlike your (I assume) venomous spiders . . . We do also get black widows around here, which are often found in wood piles . . . Tricky!

  2. These are so cool! But, here in the desert, we would have issues with black widows and other nasty biting spiders. :(

  3. I'm with you guys. I love the idea (and it makes me chuckle) but we have enough bugs (read poisonous spiders) here that seemingly could care less whether there was a hotel for them to stay in or not. They are happy to make their home in the shed, or in tyres, or under the water trough.

    Opening our shed every morning is an adventure, and one not to be undertaken before you have had your coffee!

  4. Great idea. However, like the others commenting, I'm aware of the wide range of creatures that look for homes in wood and rubble piles, some of which could be dangerous for innocent intruders. Here in S. France, Europe, when fetching logs for the fire we disturb hibernating queen hornets, black scorpions and, very rarely, a viper; so supervision and precaution would seem necessary for children visiting their Bug hotel. Written parental informed consent is advisable for schools and nurseries.

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  7. I think the idea is that it's the bugs (and all the other creatures) who visit and explore the inner parts of the bug hotel, *not* the children who built it. People build it, and then leave it alone to do its wonderful and mysterious work. Children can re-visit it in their imaginations, not with their fingers.