I would imagine, like me, you have been having a bit of cupboard stock take over the last week, digging out all those ancient and forgotten tins of oddities like pink grapefruit slices and marrow fat peas that you inexplicably bought in the distant past.
But do not throw the cans in your recycling bin!
Upcycle them into homes for wildlife.
Bee or bug house:
Teasels from my garden
Nice hollow stems of different sizes once cut
The wall of my house! Bigger tins... multi-function insect apartments
Some bigger 'tubes' are sealed with a now dried leaf and contain a dormant Leaf-cutter Bee larvae while the smaller ones are sealed with tree sap by Large Headed Resin Bees which are tiny!
Leafcutter sealing the tube with a circular piece with the egg and some food safely inside
Nearly done - having lined it with ovoid leaf pieces
It takes the Large Headed Resin Bee longer to seal the chamber!
A multi-purpose home with fircones jammed in for spiders and other invertbrates. This version actually has a standard sized tin can attached in side a large catering size bean tin from work.
What could be easier?
Myathropa florea - a cool Hoverfly recognised by the Batman mark on the back!
And Helophilus pendulus - another species that will say thank you by pollinating your garden flowers
And my plastic bottle versions are now in their third year!
So there you have it; a little something that you can do to help the smaller denizens of your own wild space. If you do not have a garden, bee homes live quite happily on the outside of a building so give it a go!
Enjoy and good luck!
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