We’re opening a biodiversity hotel pending site surveys in the easterly part of the garden once the weather improves in the beautiful rolling countryside down by the Lade. Its not just any sort of hotel its 5 star luxury accommodation all made in natural cedarwood. We’re very picky around here about our clientele and all the Green Lacewings in Perthshire and beyond are very welcome to set up residence.
We’ve got a great holiday (lifetime) package for all you Lacewings. We are going to be offering free board and keep from about August 2010 onwards but until then the leaves‘nbloom garden can offer a great daily banquet on condition that you lay your lovely eggs in the garden (about 300 per lacewing would do nicely rather than American express or visa) and allow your little ones <cough> larvae to roam freely in the garden where they can feast on our lush greenfly (that’s the chef’s speciality by the way) (Lacewing eggs in picture to the right)
We’ve got a special menu already planned for the children and each larvae can eat as much as they like but based on past customer surveys we recommend that you get them to eat between 1000 and 10,000 aphids while you stay with us. The more the better!
and the adult menu
All this will give you adults the energy needed to produce even more eggs in the romatic settings of the Leavesnbloom garden.
Catch of the Day – Lacewings
The children larvae will be encouraged to dress up in camouflage and play hide and seek every day – there will be plenty of bark, moss and the dead bodies of aphids (their previous victims from the day before!) provided ready to be added to the sharp spines on their backs so that they can sneak up on their prey and catch them unawares.
Check in Time
Once August comes around the Hotel will open its doors to you all where there will be freshly laid straw to shelter in (not sure if pheromones will be have been added to the straw
) and to help you find your way to the rooms/chambers the Hotel will be placed outside near a direct source of light since we hoteliers know that you lacewings are attracted by the light.
We give you the guarantee that the garden is chemical free and if the leavesnbloom garden temperature drops down to extreme like it did this winter then your gardening friend ‘Rosie’ will move the Hotel into the garage until the weather improves.
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Well after a long winter interlude a site survey finally was carried out and the lacewing hotel was placed in an easterly position away from the prevailing wind on the bottom fence on Thurday 8th April 2010.
Many of the Perthshire green lacewings will now have great winter lodgings and it may boost their winter survival by about 90% as so many die each year due to lack of suitable shelter.
Update 28th April 2012
Since the hotel was first opened we had the worst two Scottish winters since the 1960’s. Perthshire wildlife really struggled to stay alive and no lacewings were seen in the garden during 2011 despite being seen in the local area in previous years. This year I’m hoping that things will be different as there are lots more signs of wildlife in the garden compared with last year. We didn’t even spot a 7 spot ladybird in the garden during 2011 while this year I discovered their hibernating spot in the front garden and every day it’s not hard to find a ladybird in that area. Hopefully this year I’ll find a few lacewings in the garden! In the meantime you’re welcome to G+ this post.
As I was walking along the Lade
one day I finally found a lacewing and thankgoodness that I had my camera with me at the time! I loved its little beady eye watching me as I took the photographs.