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An old earthenware chimneypot or land drain
A few small logs
Ladybirds and lacewings are always welcome in a garden. As voracious predators of aphids at both adult and larval stage, they help to maintain a healthy balance. All insects like a warm, dry spot to retreat to in bad or cold weather, and this collection of bamboos is also likely to attract stem-nesting solitary bees.
Insert a few logs into an old earthenware chimneypot, land drain or similar-shaped pot, leaving space for the bamboo canes.
Cut hollow bamboo stems to length and add them to your chimneypot, inserting them around the logs. Make it a tight fit so they don't fall out.
Put the lair in a warm, sunny, sheltered location, such as a crack in a wall or the crook of a tree.
14/11/2013 at 22:19
i made one of these using a lovely wooden box that had a bottle of wine in.... already being used by the bees and the ladybirds... not seen a lacewing in there yet...
04/12/2013 at 11:29
Wonder if you could make one out of rattan
25/02/2014 at 11:38
I made this an got them all a round the allotment