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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will make a hotel for beneficial insects.  If you use pallets, do not use the blue ones.  They are covered in toxic ick.



To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - it must facilitate at least three different critters
  - it must be designed to do a halfway decent job of protecting them from rain
  - natural materials and steel/wood fasteners (no glue, plywood, stain, paint)

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
  - post a pic under construction
  - post a pic of your finished insect hotel in its final location
  - describe what critters you facilitate and how

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These are in-progress photos of my insect hotel!





These are a couple more progress pictures of my insect hotel construction.





I made a couple holders on the sides, so that I can hang the insect hotel up.



This is my finished insect hotel. The top layer is for solitary bees; the middle layer is for ladybugs, and the bottom layer is for grass-cutter wasps. That's what I am hoping will inhabit the hotel I built.



This is my finished insect hotel in its final location.



I included sticks my insect hotel to facilitate ladybugs; I included wood with holes in it for solitary bees. For grass-carrying wasps, I put some grass in a section of the hotel.

The habitat tha ladybugs enjoy seems to inlude sticks:

Ladybugs require surprisingly little in order to thrive, only really needing their prey (aphids), a little water and some sticks and branches to shelter under and climb on.



Solitary bee habitat seems to include wodo with holes in it:

Cavity nesters lay their eggs in small holes–like those in wood made by birds and insects, or in dried hollow reeds or stems.



Grass-carrying wasp habitat appears to include grass, so I made a section with grass in it:

Grass-carrying wasps prefer to lay their eggs in nests made above ground, unlike some other solitary wasps...The brood cells are prepared with a lining of grass and provisions of tree crickets for the larvae to feed on.


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I certify this BB complete!

 
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What incredibly creative designs! I will start building mine this week. Thank you for the Inspiration.
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will make a hotel for beneficial insects.  If you use pallets, do not use the blue ones.  They are covered in toxic ick.




To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - it must facilitate at least three different critters
  - it must be designed to do a halfway decent job of protecting them from rain
  - natural materials and steel/wood fasteners (no glue, plywood, stain, paint)

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
  - post a pic under construction
  - post a pic of your finished insect hotel in its final location
  - describe what critters you facilitate and how



Just completed my Pollinator's Palace! Walk, crawl or walk in! All materials used are what was lying around the property. No screws, nail or glue. Looking forward to welcoming my first guests.
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Note: The OSB wood you used for the first layer violates this requirement:  natural materials and steel/wood fasteners (no glue, plywood, stain, paint)

 
No prison can hold Chairface Chippendale. And on a totally different topic ... my stuff:
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