This gorgeous bughouse eco-home is in a scandi style whitewashed wood and has been carefully and beautifully handmade.
The perfect gift for any garden and wildlife enthusiast.
Lets encourage those little creatures into our back gardens and balconies.
Care for your bughouse: To prolong the life of your new bughouse, treat with transparent colourless wood preserver/ water repellent every couple of years. Do make sure there are no little bugs hiding out in there when you treat it!
You can learn more about our amazing little bug friends here at the Woodland Trust !
What is an insect?
Broadly speaking, invertebrates are animals without a backbone and include multi-legged, hard-bodied minibeasts, known as arthropods, as well as corals, slugs and snails, worms and soft-bodied sea creatures. Arthropods can then be separated into groups including crustaceans (such as crabs and woodlice), spiders and insects.
Happily, insects share a number of characteristics to help you separate them from the crowd:
- Six legs
- Three body sections (head, thorax and abdomen)
- Pair of antennae
- Compound eyes
- Most have wings
- Three or four stage life cycle (egg, larva or nymphs, pupa and adult)
Insects come in a number of groups, or ‘orders’, not all of which have representatives here in the UK. Let’s explore nine of the more frequently encountered minibeast types and some of their more well-known members.
Insects are vital for a healthy garden.
From bees buzzing in the shrubs to colourful butterflies visiting your plant pots, insects are a joy to watch and boost the biodiversity of outdoor spaces.
They will help your garden bloom. Pollinating insects like bees (Anthophila), hoverflies (Syrphidae) and butterflies (Rhopalocera) allow plants to reproduce.
They also attract other wildlife to the garden as birds and mammals rely on them as a food source.
Things you can do in your garden to help insects:
1. Grow insect-friendly plants
2. Create a log pile
3. Let an area of your garden grow wild
4. Create a compost heap
5. Build a pond
6. Nurture your hedges
7. Plant wildflowers