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How to make a ladybird and lacewing lair


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.

How to do it


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.

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vivian allman 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...

Dovefromabove 04/12/2013 at 11:29

Wonder if you could make one out of rattan 

christinaflynn 25/02/2014 at 11:38

I made this an got them all a round the allotment