It’s a bug’s life
A bug hotel is nothing new but if yours is an exact replica of your house, you deserve a special mention! “My wife Gayle saw a similar bug hotel at Babylonstoren near Franschhoek,” says Johan Nel of Boston. “She immediately asked me to build one for her.”
Johan outdid himself and built a miniature replica of their historic farm-style home (one of the first to be built in the area in about 1910) with a roof that lifts up so you can peek inside.
“It’s actually a birdhouse on top of a bug hotel and we hope it attracts a feathered lodger soon. And if we ever decide to add on to our house one day, I can use this model as a reference.”
The ‘hotel rooms’ are fitted with materials that create suitable habitats for certain insects. Wood, stones, bamboo, pine cones, bark, cork, sticks and tiles are popular for this purpose.
“We particularly love the patterns created by the various shelves and their contents. This project is a wonderful way to explore your creativity,” says Johan with a satisfied grin.