Posted: 22/05/2015 at 13:21
I'd be interested to know if anyone has actually seen insects using their bug hotel. I was going to build one in my garden, been saving up pallets and everything, but a scientist bod gave a talk at our gardening club last week and he said theyre a waste of time; there's so many places in gardens and the wider countryside for bugs to find shelter, bug hotels aren't necessary. Likewise, I've always kept a patch of nettles in my garden for butterflies to lay their eggs on, but Mr scientist bod said they've done trials on this and butterflies just don't use garden nettles, preferring to use the ones in the wild. Come to think of it, I've inspected my nettles every year and have never seen any butterfly eggs. Sigh. Guess I'll just dig them up and plant some Cerinthe major instead, the bees LOVE those little blue bells!