It’s a bug’s life

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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.

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