Our Insect Hotel

Honestly, I thought this activity, organised to celebrate World Environment Day, would have been easier. But no! We started off scanning the pine forest around the house in the Delta del Llobregat (read more about our outing here), found a few interesting critters that the guide told us all about, gathered material for the hotel and then went back and actually had to build it from scratch! With pieces of wood and screws and all that. The end result, however, was fantastic. Not even the best architects could have done better 😉

Delta del Llobregat

a beautiful little cockroach. There are many species, but this one is incredibly elegant!

Delta del Llobregat

a harvestman, scuttling away after we looked at him. Can you see the little critter?

Delta del Llobregat

Boyfriend’s favourite: a tiny praying mantis!

Delta del Llobregat praying mantis

and another one, green this time. So fast, too!

insect hotel Delta del Llobregat

material for the insect hotel

woodlice Delta del Llobregat

This woodlouse was super interesting! Did you know that it’s the only completely terrestrial crustacean? I did, but having one so close made me realise that I like these more than I thought. People keep them as pets……could there be some potential here?

insect house hotel Delta del Llobregat

And finally, our insect hotel! With places that will hopefully host butterflies, ladybugs, solitary bees and wasps and jumping spiders. Now we know how to make one for our future house with a garden!

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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