Sculptural structures built specifically to host beneficial insects are a cool addition to any garden, and can help maintain a healthy ecosystem. A website called Inspiration Green features a cool collection of photos of insect hotels around the world, which can be as simple as stacked pallets or as complex as architecture meant for humans.
Insect hotels are stuffed with materials that attract certain species, like ladybugs, butterflies and bees. Ladybugs hibernate in piles of dry twigs and leaves during the winter, while some types of bees like to nest in pieces of wood that have been drilled with holes of a certain size.
These structures are just as fun to look at as they are beneficial to a garden. They’re especially popular in Europe and the United Kingdom. Many of the pictured insect houses are located in England and Holland.
Interested in purchasing one, or building your own? Scroll down to the bottom of the page at Inspiration Green for sources and information.