Ladybirds Only! No Wasps Allowed!

It was James’s birthday earlier in the week and our childminder had given him a ‘Make Your Own Insect Box’ kit. This was a fantastic present for a small boy who is fascinated by insects. He was really keen to get house-building, and by Friday, he could wait no longer.

Ladybirds Only!  No Wasps Allowed!

We settled ourselves in the garden and got down to business while Daddy and Little Brother watched with interest. James was quite clear about his target audience: “It’s just for ladybirds, OK? Well, maybe for bees too, but not for wasps. I don’t like wasps. Nas-tee.”

bamboo sticks for the inside of the insect house

Once he’d applied the glue and Mummy had helped assemble the structure, James turned his attention to interior decor. “We want them to be cuff-ort-able, don’t we?” he said, and carefully selected some “nice dry leaves” to stuff inside. We were a bit short on bamboo inserts and so Daddy was sent to the shed in search of more bamboo. He came back with a 5-foot stick. James was intrigued as to how we were going to cut it into 3-inch pieces. “I don’t think it would be a good idea to use the mower, Mummy, ‘cause bamboo is very sharp and will make a mess of the blade!”

the finished insect house

James was delighted with the “ladybird house” and went off to try to find some ladybirds to put in it. (There’s never a ladybird around when you want one...) “Maybe they’ve all flied away, Mummy.” I wonder who our first visitor will be? Hope it’s not a wasp!

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Helen & Ian

Helen & Ian

About Me & Mine

Hi there! Helen and Ian here from the Oxfordshire-Wiltshire border! We have two boys who love everything in the Great Outdoors (especially sticks), and a border collie who also loves everything in the Great Outdoors (especially tennis balls). We also have a toddler daughter who is fiercely independent and proving to be just as intrepid as her brothers.

Favourite place in the world:

A difficult one... There are so many wonderful places to choose from... But it has to be Sandwood Bay in the far north-west of Scotland which can only be reached by a 4-mile walk. Last time we went it was a full-on winter mountaineering experience (with ice axe and crampons!) just to get there. Wild and windswept, it's totally unspoilt.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Enjoy beaches, woods, and coastal paths; explore waterways in our open canoe; go for a big day out on a small hill; go rock climbing; collect sticks, conkers, and acorns; investigate puddles and rockpools; ride our tandem; fly a kite against a clear blue sky.

Comments (6)

  • Beverly

    Beverly

    06 June 2011 at 19:27 | #

    What a lovely way to while away a sunny afternoon!
    I hope James gets lots of ladybirds and NO wasps! XX

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  • Fiona Moore

    Fiona Moore

    07 June 2011 at 05:42 | #

    What a brilliant gift idea.
    I'm off to look them up on the Internet, as I know two rather enthusiastic bug collectors who would love one.
    Well done James - your ladybird house looks lovely.

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  • Helen and Ian

    Helen and Ian

    07 June 2011 at 09:06 | #

    I'm sure you'll be the first to know what insects James gets! x

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  • Helen and Ian

    Helen and Ian

    07 June 2011 at 09:11 | #

    Yes, a really great idea. Also very nicely presented in a tin (James loves tins!) which I am sure will be used for storing all sorts of 'treasure'! I'm thinking about getting some ladybird larvae just to be sure we have 'the right sort' of visitors!

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  • Joanne Watterson

    Joanne Watterson

    08 June 2011 at 02:55 | #

    Wow, that looks like a fantastic idea. Did you find them anywhere on the internet Fiona? I have two little girls who love ladybirds and would be thrilled with one of those too. Has anyone moved in yet? :o)

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  • Fiona Moore

    Fiona Moore

    09 June 2011 at 20:04 | #

    I found them all over the internet, along with lots of sites offering instructions on how to encourage insects into your garden.
    I ended up ordering a couple from www.gardening-naturally.com because not only will my girls love them, but I think they make a nice gift.

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