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Old 07-15-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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bumblebee Awesomely creative insect hotels!

I saw this article and haven't even read it yet because the pictures are so cool.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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Awesome!!!
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Those are fantastic! And could be fun projects too!
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:45 PM   #4
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Wow!

As much as I prefer natural looking things incorporated into my habitat projects, I *might* find a way to utilize one or two ideas from these awesome inspirational photos.
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Very nice!
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:18 PM   #6
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They're art to me with the added benefit of being functional. So who here has built any of these insect hotels?
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:51 PM   #7
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LET'S DO IT!!!!

Who want's to gather what they can, Be it from their home, garage sales, Goodwills or thrift stores and begin creating!

Lets get creative together and share our photos and exchange ideas with one another. Photos of the pre gathered goods from which we will pick and choose it's beginning shape, framework and form from, the progress along the way AND the finished hotel or what have you.

They needn't be large. Tiny nooks and crannies would all be worthy and good.
Let's give those insects, frogs, newts, etc something to snuggle into over the Winter or perhaps in a storm.

Who's game? I AM!
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:46 PM   #8
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Wanting to add A lea Perrins sauce box somehow WITH its sliding door panel (for viewing what might take up residence in it) led me into thinking about bats. Wouldn't "that" be something to peek in upon. Not knowing anything about bat's nor their requirements led me to....

Why bat houses may fail: Why bat houses may fail
Bat house options, pros and cons: Internet bat house shootout
Building a bat house: http://www.batcon.org/pdfs/bathouses...secriteria.pdf

What I learned about bats and their houses.....
They need a large box 2 feet tall X at least 20 inches x 14 inches with one to four roosting chambers spaced 3/4 to 1 inch apart to allow for various temperature levels. Could-Would they possibly accept a divided 11 x 12 such as the box I'm thinking about converting?
A landing spot at least 3 to 6 inches below their entry ( I can add one) an open bottom for scat to fall from (Ok.... knock one end off) a sunny location (Check) a grooved rough horizontal interior (Check) Vents if temperatures go above 85, (OK) Painted black if in the northern region (OK) Now here's the kicker......

All bat houses should be mounted at least 12 feet above ground......Well that just bat-ted "THAT" idea right out of the ball park. Oh well, Back to the drawing-rearranging of the pile....Insects, critters, etc........... Bats? Not unless they desire a very low nesting spot for the eve, and no sliding of the cover to peek in.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:25 PM   #9
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All set to start sharing YOUR very own insect condo photos and ideas with one and all???
BEGIN HERE: Building an insect condo
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Now I know the name for the huge pile I have of old pots, random pieces of wood, odd bits of plants, old bird feeders, you name it. I thought it was a junk pile. Now I know it is an insect hotel! Now I know why the spiders like it so much....
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