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Insect House


Combining protection of species with an opportunity to experience nature! These SCHWEGLER nature conservation products attract such

beneficial creatures as solitary bees, sabre wasps, ants and spiders. And best of all, the creatures that one is protecting can be observed and their life

cycles can be studied.

These SCHWEGLER products provide homes for useful creatures such as Solitary Bees, Parasitical Hymenoptera, Ants, Spiders and other small creatures.

They also let you study your Insects and observe their life cycle. Whether in the garden or on a balcony, these nesting aids are a reliable and relaxing way of

making observations and gaining knowledge. Closer contact with this group of animals, and an awareness of their beauty, are the basis for greater respect

for wildlife. These nesting aids are perfect for nurseries, schools, colleges and wildlife centres as well as private gardens. Their designs allow creatures

to be observed with minimal disturbance.

» NESTING AIDS for solitary insects

Most species of Hymenoptera that live in hollows and recesses do not make

the excavations themselves. Instead they occupy existing holes, made by

certain types of Beetles, in which they construct their brood cells. Because

they regulate the numbers of insect pests, Hymenoptera are of major

ecological and agricultural (and also economic) importance. They also have

an important part to play as pollinators in the balance of nature. Much of

our countryside has been cleared and cultivated and consequently there

are not enough natural nesting places. Everyone should make an effort to

provide nesting aids for insects.

Suitable sites: There are no hard and fast rules for siting but care should

be taken to select a sunny site that is protected from wind and rain.

Examples of good sites include allotment sheds, pergolas, walls, gardens

and even balconies up to the third or fourth floor. Nesting aids should also

be left outside during the winter because otherwise the Insects will emerge

from their winter hiding places too early and die.

Occupants: Hymenoptera such as Wild Bees, Sand Wasps and

Common Wasps.

Effectiveness: The type of nesting aid that proves most popular with

flying and other types of Insects will differ depending on the landscape

and vegetation. In central Europe there are almost 600 species of Wild

Bees, each with its own micro-climatic requirements with regard to

habitat. Occupation densities vary among the different insect nesting aids

depending on whether they are made of wood, clay, reed or wood-concrete.

Simply hang up our different nesting aids and see for yourself.

Important! All the species that will use these nesting aids are peaceful

and completely harmless to humans and pets.

These devices are maintenance-free, please do not try to clean, since you

might destroy intact cells.

» INSECT HOUSE D.B.P. | for solitary insects

This is intended for the occupants described above (commonly called

"Wild Bees"). For the first time, it is now possible to study the previously

hidden life and development of our solitary Bees and Wasps by lifting out

the front panel with its transparent nesting tubes. It is possible to watch

the cycle from egg-laying to development of the larvae, right up until the

time the insect leaves the brood chamber the next season. Note that it is

essential to properly replace the front panel after each inspection to keep

the insects in darkness.

We strongly recommend sunny places for this device!

Occupants and siting: Please see above.

Material: Box: wood-concrete with weatherproof wooden front panel.

Interior: transparent nesting tubes of different diameters.

External dimensions: height 33 x width 21 x depth 15 cm.

Weight: approx. 9.2 kg.

Order No. 00 373/7

Transparent tubes can be obtained

separately as replacements.

This diagram below shows the

structure of a Mason Bee breeding


A: empty cell

B: brood cell

C: larvae

D: nest seal

E: partition

F: pollen bread

VV Example of occupation

brood cell with

egg on pollen


brood cell with

feeding larva

brood cell with

pupa in cocoon,

cut open


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