Ladybirds Only! No Wasps Allowed!

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. 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.” 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!”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! Written by Helen & Ian on Sunday, 05 June 2011. Posted in Environmental Education and Wildlife, Yorkshire Fun Stuff Articles Become a Nature Detective on the Hunt for Creepy CrawliesMake Your Own Fun Stuff to do Outdoors Journal Print Off and Do How to Make a Nature Map of your Back Garden Tags at home, bugs and insects, wildlife Related Articles Swimming Lessons for DucksBluebells, Bluebells, Everywhere... About the Author Helen & Ian About Me & MineHi 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 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 reply 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. reply Helen and Ian 07 June 2011 at 09 06 | # I'm sure you'll be the first to know what insects James gets! x reply 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! reply 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) reply 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. reply Leave a comment You are commenting as guest. Submit comment jQuery(function($) { $('#comments').Comment({ cookiePrefix

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